ruah. to spit.

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Object Name: 
ruah. to spit.
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Overall H: 182.8 cm, W: 121.9 cm, D: 5.5 cm
Not on Display
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Purchased with funds from E. Marie McKee and Robert H. Cole, in honor of McKee’s tenure at the Museum and in recognition of Museum staff
Web Description: 
Judy Tuwaletstiwa began her career as a weaver and a painter and first worked with glass in 1998. In her painting ruah. to spit, small fused-glass elements were used like brushstrokes. To create them, she mixed her own specially colored glass powders and spooned them onto the shelves of a kiln, fusing them into long, oval shapes that she glued onto a painted canvas. The granular texture of the glass elements gives her painting a three-dimensional quality.
William Siegal Gallery, Source
ruah. to spit / Judy Tuwalestiwa / 2014 / pigment, glass on canvas / 72" x 48"
Pencil on reverse
Primary Description: 
Painting, "ruah. to spit". Green, red, yellow, brown, white, black, and orange fused glass powders; pigment, kaolin, canvas, adhesive. Specially mixed colored glass powders were spooned by Tuwaletstiwa onto the shelves of a kiln, fused into long, oval - and sometimes circular and square - shapes, and cooled. The artist then took a canvas and rubbed it with raw reddish pigment and kaolin. Tuwaletstiwa then arranged hundreds of the individual glass elements onto the canvas, like glass brushstrokes, which she glued in place. The adhesives she used are Lineco neutral ph adhesive and Golden heavy gel medium. Some of the glass elements appear to be fixed in place using metal tacks. The texture of the glass elements is granular or sugarlike, and seemingly friable, but actually quite strong.
CA+D Reopening 2020
Corning Museum of Glass
2020 refresh of the Contemporary Art and Design galleries after the deinstallation of the 2019 temporary exhibition, "New Glass Now".
Judy Tuwaletstiwa "Ruah"
William Siegal Gallery 2014-06-27 through 2014-07-22
Recent Important Acquisitions (2016) illustrated, p. 124; BIB# AI101517
Acquisitions (2016) illustrated, p. 51 #35; BIB# AI101418
Acquisitions (2015) illustrated, p. 16 (bottom);