Home, $weet Home, mixed media, sculpture, 95 x 97“, 1963

Ruth Waters

Artist Statement

Home is the most dangerous place for women, and it's not much safer for children. Violence and the implicit or explicit threat of violence are commonly used to "keep them in line".


Fifty-plus years in sculpture and thirty years in arts administration have come together for Ruth Waters as she heads a campaign to develop the Peninsula Art Museum in San Mateo County. The Museum currently occupies its “starter home” in Belmont’s Twin Pines Park. A spectacular full-service art museum is planned.

Waters, a Seattle native, graduated from Stanford University in 1955 and started working in hardwoods in 1957 (her mediums now include bronze, marble, constructed room-size sculpture, and painting).

As a sculptor, Waters often turns to universal issues of human identity, relationships, and interactions. As a painter, she explores and expresses personal sensations – the feel of hot sun or cold wind on her skin, the delight of a sunrise or sunset – in iridescent pigment, then mounts the paintings so that they curve out from the wall, shimmering and shifting as the light changes.

Founder and director of the 1870 Art Center in Belmont (since 1977), which is a complex of working studios for 26 visual artists plus gallery, she is also a cofounder of the Peninsula Sculptors’ Guild and the Peninsula Arts Council.