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Beginning with family snapshots of his childhood years on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, the Texas-based artist Rusty Scruby weaves together multiple layers of photographs to highlight key elements of memory and let others dissipate into a more generalized recollection of sun, sky, and sea. Scruby’s complex technique of cutting and interlacing—“photographic reconstructions,” he calls the resulting pictures—draws on undergraduate studies in aerospace engineering and musical composition and longtime interests in mathematics and knitting. “I work with ideas of tension and relaxation,” he says, “by controlling the amount of repetition in the image as it travels across the undulating surface."
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Rusty Scruby, American, born 1964
- Inkjet prints collaged
- Overall: 24 × 24 × 1 1/2 in. (61 × 61 × 3.8 cm)
- Credit Line
Museum purchase funded by Joan Morgenstern in honor of Eleanor D. McMurtrey
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
[McMurtrey Gallery, Houston]; purchased by MFAH, 2010.