Featured Artist: Noah DiRuzza
Noah DiRuzza is a painter and sculptor working out of North Canton, Ohio. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art from Kent State University and will begin his MFA in painting this fall at Miami University.
Noah’s work is mainly energetic abstractions that express the visceral emotive qualities associated with humans’ current impact on the planet. It explores the adverse effects of water, land, and air pollution and manifests the negative emotions associated in physical form. His art is a form of communication beyond that of words and it illustrates sentiment in a way that language never could.
Noah has always loved the outdoors and has been to many of the United States’ magnificent National Parks.He tries to take at least one hiking trip a year to experience the tranquil qualities of nature. Now the planet he has grown to love is in jeopardy due to the impact of human affairs. Noah says his art “aims to expose the neglect and malevolence people have toward the very planet they inhabit.”
Noah has a process-based approach to his work which allows him to experiment with different materials and really have fun with his art.He explores different unconventional ways of working a piece rather than sticking with the traditional methods. He physically manipulates the paint in his work before, during, and after application with methods like torching and chemical reactions. Noah says,“The methods used in creating a piece are just as important as the final piece itself”
Noah’s pieces are a hybrid of painting and sculpture. He uses a lot of sculptural elements in his paintings to create texture throughout and better portray their emotive properties. He experiments with and implements different recycled materials taking into consideration the implications they wield within each particular piece. With each plastic bag, piece of scrap metal, or found material he uses, there is an untold story: a neglected piece of history that has found a home. This recycled material aspect allows Noah’s paintings to provoke a sense of culpability within their viewers.
Process, found materials, color, texture, and size are the syntax that allows Noah to say what the Earth cannot. These components combined together allow his work to tiptoe the ethereal while at the same time carry a deep sense of entropy reflecting the breakdown of our indispensable planet.