Ruth Burotte a Haitian-American artist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, depicts characters and worlds that exist between a dystopian universe and the present day. Her visual lexicon can be traced to various motifs found within hip-hop culture, along with Japanese manga, graffiti, and comic book illustrations. Now Burotte is bringing her talent to a special project by the nonprofit Grace Arts Florida and she’s using a unique canvas-a Sail.
Burotte is one of the artists who is painting a special sail to be featured in the annual Street ART Regatta in Fort Lauderdale on February 9th, 2022.
“My goal is to have the viewer become aware of the place and time we currently reside in and to understand that many of the items and objects we interact with can become a part of our identity,” Burotte said.
Director of Grace Arts Center and StAR co-curator Clare Vickery is delighted to welcome Ruth Barotte as one of the artists who will use their artistic sails as part of South Florida’s most expressive art show on the water.
“I met Ruth in 2016 as a senior at Dillard School for the Arts and was impressed with her extraordinary creativity, intelligence, strong spirit, and brilliant smile. She went on to graduate from New World School in Miami and has made a career for herself as a professional artist in a very short period of time. She’s an artist to watch.” Clare Vickery, Grace Arts Florida.
Burotte is the youngest artist to receive a commission from the Broward Public Art & Design Program designing coverings for eight traffic signal cabinets county-wide. With a Fine Arts degree in art and technology from New World School of the arts in 2021, before graduating she worked on a footwear campaign for Adidas.
“My works stem from the illustration of a character that can be deemed underrepresented, usually black and female. I fit the character into outfits I study from fashion magazines and clothing accessories that can be bought, sold, and resold for hundreds of dollars and meant for wealthy figures, but subvert those items to make them fit in a rugged and aggressive fashion. By embracing the things that societies and cultures might deem as publicized, I add an anti-establishing element to overtake expectations, said Burotte.”
A theater of street and pop art featuring competitive sailing, The Street ART Regatta also known as StAR is an interactive art installation featuring youth sailing teams guided by award-winning coaches based at the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF).
The annual installation sets sail in front of LYC showcasing competitive racing tactics ‘choreographing’ the boats and painted sails. The Project is presented as a collaboration of Grace Arts Center, Inc. (GAC) and Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF).
“StAR is the culmination of many years of working with artists beyond gallery walls to revitalize neighborhoods and engage communities through art and innovative conceptual projects. The Artists envisioned ‘dancing on the water’ painting unique original images on each side of sail canvases. This year New River Fine Art painters, Tom Rossetti and Andrew Cotton, interpreted the glamor of Hollywood beaches and sailing in their own brilliant way with direction from Gallery owner, Lisa Burgess,” said Vickery.
What: The Street ARt Regatta & Auction
Where: The Lauderdale Yacht Club.
When: February 9th, 2022
Register: To participate: Register for Free on Eventbrite