board meeting: ruby sgueglia

Ruby Sgueglia is a Hudson Valley based multimedia artist and illustrator who received their BFA from Parsons School of Design and is now pursuing their MSW. They hope to develop a personal and professional practice that uses an emphasis on the bodily nature of emotion to help people discover new avenues of communication and begin to repair the spiritual and physical wounds caused by a societal obsession with mind/body duality. Having lived along the Hudson River their entire life, Ruby has a deep bond with the land and the wilderness that is strengthened and showcased in much of their work.

Do you feel like being an artist has defined you as a person with passion?

I think to say that my passion comes from my being an artist implies that I have a lot more agency over my drive to create than I actually do. I’ve always said about being an artist that I am one because I just literally cannot help it. It is just what I do, you know? Where my passion lies is really in the way I feel about art that is outside of me, the potential for feeling and communication and documentation within art. I love to talk about it and read about it and surround myself with it. Which isn’t to say that I don’t also love being an artist and making my work because I absolutely do but my passion for art is something I have to nurture and always work towards whereas my identity as an artist comes from a place that is outside of my conscious mind and desires a lot of the time.

At what age did you know that you were in fact an artist?

When I was very young my parents nurtured this identity. It was really important to them that I didn’t let go of my love for making and I felt like a real, actual artist in my earliest memories up until I was a teenager and I stopped feeling so sure that that was what I was. It took me a long time, maybe a year into my BFA to allow myself to take up that title again.

Where do you derive your inspiration from?

I owe a lot to the landscapes of the Hudson Valley, the colors of nature here and the meanings I have attached to the Hudson River as I have grown up besides it and continue to do so. The thing that really motivates me to begin to make a new piece is other artists and their work. Nothing is more exciting to me than getting a peek of someone else’s process.

Describe the feeling of not knowing what next to create, and you're process to break through the block?

I am really at the mercy of my subconscious when it comes to creating. If my brain is telling me that now is not the time to make work, I really j