Ruth Ju-Shih Li finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, Darlinghurst (NAS) in 2013. Currently, she divides her time between Taiwan, her ancestral homeland, China and Australia. She explores different ways of narrating both traditional and multicultural concepts of beauty, transcendence and the sublime as a cross-cultural language into the spiritual. Li draws inspiration from her diverse cultural heritage, both philosophically and aesthetically, while also drawing from the language of dreams, myths and the idea of utopia. The layering of imagery becomes a metaphorical representation of the self to consider the transitory nature of human existence. Li first showcased her work with MAY SPACE in Ceramic Revisions II in 2017 and is now a represented artist.
Since graduating, Li has exhibited widely in Sydney and internationally in Taiwan, China, Korea, and Thailand. Some notable recent exhibitions include the Korean International Ceramic Biennale, a solo exhibition at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan and a group exhibition at the Kyoto Ceramic Centre, Japan. Li’s work is held in the collection of the Taoxichuan Museum, Jingdezhen, China, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan, and in many private collections. She was a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize in 2017, won the Emerging Artists Prize in 2019, and received the Special Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International 2020. Li has also held residencies at New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, and at the prestigious Jingdezhen in China.