Rubin’s current works play with the distillation of data, breaking large swaths of information into elemental forms. Her multidisciplinary practice includes painting and labor-intensive photo editing techniques that allow patterns to bubble up from small particles of matter. A photograph that began as a snapshot of young bodies loitering becomes pared down through Rubin’s reductive techniques, exposing existential building blocks: small, amorphous shapes that hint at the atoms, molecules, and cells that underpin all life.
Rubin speaks to the “life-affirming”support structure” that is ever present below the surface of appearances. Rubin’s practice makes visible the adage that “all things are interconnected,” whether taken on a bacterial, physical, or spiritual level.