Lauren Ruiz addresses ecological contamination, the excavation of natural resources, and the corrosive effects of human activity. Her research currently focuses on the amount of artificial plastics that exist within the human body at a cellular level, and on water scarcity and its relation to civil unrest.
The focus of the work questions non biodegradable materials and their social, biological, and political effects. The artist works within an apocalyptic narrative inspired by the glaring reality of our environmental crisis. Within the climate fiction, the artist questions the future of natural resources, particularly water, and what that means for human existence.Ruiz’s work comments on the toxicity of our societal livelihood and the question of what occurs within the human body as a result. Ruiz hopes to provide an experience that questions the current state of the environmental and social climate through universal and personal relationship to plastic and water in both an environmental and cellular level.
The narrative also allows the artist to question her own stance on environmental issues and the statement she is making by continuing to use non biodegradable plastics as her medium. This in itself brings about questions of morality and responsibility in global desecration. The strategic use of unnatural materials allows the artist to reframe the context of environmental crisis, causing the audience to question their own role in environmental downfall and what it means for future human existence.