Kruse works entirely outside in the landscape, crafting a personal visual language through direct interventions with environmental forces.
Working primarily with drawing she also uses sound, video and photography to investigate and reveal the hidden marks made by natural phenomena. Using lo-tech and digital drawing devices she captures the traces of human movement in the landscape as well as documenting the physical forces; rain, wind and temperature that impact upon and help form it.
“I am interested in the drawings created by random and seemingly chaotic processes, from the patterns formed by falling rain, to the infinite variations of marks made by suspending drawing tools in the wind.”
Through her ongoing visual investigations into natural phenomena Kruse has become increasingly aware of the effects of climate change and sees her practice as “bearing witness to the environmental tragedy unfolding now.”
She has a background in digital illustration and Waldorf education and attended University as a mature student after raising her daughter; graduating with a degree in Fine Art in 2005.
She is part-time gallery supervisor at BOM, Birmingham and is contributing to BOM's autism & arts programme.
2005 BA (Hons) Fine Art – first class, York St Johns University, York
1998 Waldorf Class Teacher - Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School, Stourbridge
2017 United We Stand, Shape Arts Open, London
2015 Weather Paintings, Shape Arts, Westfield Gallery, London
2013 Love and Mother Love, Shape Arts pop-up gallery, London
2012 Nest, made by a bookworm that has just digested a copy of Gormenghast, Bessant Gallery, Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton
2011 Nestbooks, Strange Attractors, Leicester
2010 Mother Love, Knit Happens, Scarborough
2007 Frigga, (deviant)Art Festival, mixed media installation, Trollhattan, Sweden2007 Neolithic, Stitch, artworks mk, Milton Keynes
2007 Love, Lux Festival, York
2006 Meditation on Loss, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama, Japan
Residencies and other
2018 Artist Residency, BOM, Birmingham
2018 Artist Residency, Hogchester Arts, Dorset
2012-2014 The Library of Lost Books, Birmingham and Nationwide
2007 Drawing Works, Artspace Gallery, York
2012 15th International Artists Book Fair Leeds
2011 6th Annual Manchester Artists’ Book Fair
2011 14th International Artists Book Fair Leeds
2010 Secret Library of Solihull, Artists Book Fair
Talks and teaching
2017 Speaker, Art, Brain and Behavior, Fermynwoods Contemporary
2014 Speaker, Beyond the Book Symposium, Exeter, England
2013 Curator's talk, The Library of Lost Books, Wolverhampton University.
Speaker, Resurrecting the Book conference, Birmingham
2012 Speaker, Collaboration and the Democracy of Bookarts, MMU
2005 Speaker, Inaugural meeting, Angle-.Japanese Tanka Society, York
Visiting artist, Japanese Universities Co-operatives, Hiroshima, .Japan