Ruth Iliffe, Maximum Effort, still from video, 2001

Ruth Iliffe

Ruth Iliffe, Maximum Effort, still from video, 2001

2001 / Artists

Ruth Iliffe

b. 1978, Northamptonshire

1997-2000 BA (hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London

Previous Exhibitions:

2001 Manifesto, The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, London
2000 The Education Gallery, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, North Wales
2000 Agglutinate of Pleasures; 5 and 6, Gallery 291, Hackney, London
2000 Knowledge in the New Economy, Arthur Anderson HQ, London
2000 Flawed, The Gallery, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1999 Machine to Fire Space, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Statement:

"...any physical system is most stable at its lowest energy and acts to reach that equilibrium if at all possible. This behaviour is so widespread and well-known in physics that it does not go by a special name, but I'll call it the minimizing principal for easy reference. The principal explains why a ball rolls downhill; why a stretched spring returns to its relaxed state when it is released; and why a laser emits light. In each case, the action happens as the physical system returns to a lower energy after being raised to a higher one. And the minimizing principal is the reason that drops of water and bubbles take on their particular shapes..." (Sidney Perkowitz)

The surface tension of a bubble is governed by this law of least effort. By defining and establishing boundaries, existence becomes factual rather than questionable and 'things' really do exist.