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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Artist
Rusty Scruby, American, born 1964
Title
Blue Bucket
Date
2010
Medium
Inkjet prints collaged
Dimensions
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
2010.1559
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[McMurtrey Gallery, Houston]; purchased by MFAH, 2010.