“I find the description ‘glass artist’ amusing. It implies you are an artist made of glass,” mixed-media artist Ginny Ruffner laughs. “And glass is only about twenty-five percent of what I do. My art is thinking.”
Although Ruffner’s art is rooted in large-scale flame-worked glass sculpture, it incorporates paint, metal and other materials to tell a story. Her goal is to create accessible art that moves you beyond the initial beauty of the glass and into the world of a living piece of art.
And that’s exactly what director Karen Stanton captures in the full-length documentary A Not So Still Life from ShadowCatcher Entertainment. It traces Ruffner’s constant artistic impulses from childhood through her rise to international fame, and everything she’s immersed in now.
It also addresses how she overcame a near-fatal car crash in 1991. What might be a defining moment in someone else’s story was merely a “speed bump” in Ruffner’s world. “If I wasn’t stubborn and bullheaded, I wouldn’t be here,” she explains. Intrigued? Visit www.ginnyruffnerthemovie.com to purchase a copy of the documentary or find a list of upcoming screenings across the country.