“Mom when she is mad at me”

The Más Rudas collective are women of many talents. Since their arrival at Slanguage they have been working hard getting the galley ready for their opening show Saturday titled ” Homegirls”

Next we get familiar with Más Ruda Ruth Buentello and her love of painting…

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background in the San Antonio art scene?

A: My name is Ruth Buentello, I am 26 yrs old and I am a painter. My relationship with San Antonio arts began at San Anto Cultural Arts a community arts-based organization located in the West side , a Mexicano/Chicano neighborhood. The organization is known for its two hardcore programs:  El Placazo Community Newspaper and the Community Mural/Public Art Program. San Anto was created by neighborhood residents out of a need for community arts. I got involved at the age of 16 and I continue to be there as the Community Mural/Public Art Coordinator. The murals were a way to get involved in to something bigger than me and a way to give back to my community. San Anto provided  a direction and guidance for my life as an artist and a space where I could be empowered through art and embrace my Chicananess.

The greatest thing San Anto gave to me was my education at  the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I received my BFA. After my degree I came back in 2008  and I am heavily involved in the arts. I just received a artist travel grant to visit public art in Italy and France.

Q: What type of Art or Media etc do you work with?
A: I primarily paint. My focus is in figurative painting and narratives.  I paint from photographs and work on nontraditional surfaces like Kraft paper, cardboard and other found objects.

Sex Doll (below)

Q:  How did you get started with Más Rudas?

A: The idea of the collective originated from Mari Ruda. The  purpose of Mas Rudas aligned itself with my own work and goals as an artist, so it was natural to get involved. All of the rudas had known each other through the community work we were involved with or as acquaintances. We all found that we wanted to create work that spoke to the contemporary Chicana and at the same time allowed for us to push each other to create experimental work that kept the values of our community practices.

Q: What meaning does ” Homegirls” have to you?

A: This theme has many meanings and purposes to us. We are so excited to be able to discuss such an issue through art. I don’t think in art or our daily lives we get a chance to examine what a homegirl is. Its one of those things that gets overlooked or isn’t seen as art. It has many facets to it from the aesthetics of homegirl (old English font, eyebrows, and big hair) to the complexities of female relationships (friends forever,the self defamation like calling each other bitches or hoes).
Its a theme where we can talk about the relationship we have developed amongst each other as women of the collective. Second we hope to inspire our viewers to examine their own relationships with their homegirl.

Q: Being it is your first collective show in Los Angeles what is your goal for this show or feelings on it?

A: Our goal is create dialogue through our work. We want to demonstrate to Los Angleles that strong work is coming out of San Antonio and its being made by mujeres. We also want to build a strong relationship with Slanguage and create a network with artists from Wilmington.

Q: Where do you see Más Rudas? or yourself in the future with projects?

A: I see Mas Rudas creating work in other spaces nationally and creating educational workshops/forums that are part of our work.

Gracias Ruth!

Do not forget to come for a  Panel Discussion with Mas Rudas: August 4, 2010 from 7:30- 9pm

Next interview will be posted on Thursday with Más Ruda,  Kristin Gamez.