Donna Ruff is a woman after the 21st Century’s heart. An artist and an avid recycler, all of her artwork has had previous identities. She is an artist who works with old books, papers and drawings – and even uses discarded pages of The New York Times for her ornately pierced pieces. Ruff methodically cuts and burns all of her pieces by hand, leaving traces of lace and delicate patterns reminiscent of calligraphy and natural forms.
Intrigued by her intricacy and attention to detail, I was delighted to learn she inherited those timeless traits from her grandmother. Her great-grandfather was a book binder in Russia and then her grandparents went on to own a scrap paper company in Chicago where the beauty of recycling was instilled in Donna at a young age. Continuing on with the family legacy, she threads an interest in repetition and reproduction in all of her work.