Ruth Maendel studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 2000. "I create for my audience more than myself, and so I often need the motivation of a show to get working," says Ruth. "I often use layers and repeated objects to portray the church, and I am continually trying to come up with yet another way to illustrate the Holy Spirit more effectively. It is a challenge I think I will spend my whole life enjoying." She makes sculpture and installation art primarily, and has recently expanded into photography. She currently works full time for the city of Winnipeg in Gardening and Urban Forestry.