Paula Rubin creates images that express the joy and fragility of inhabiting imperfect flesh. She develops visceral images that evoke a compassionate response to the “other”. Recent work has focused on faces that are not portraits. The people she invents range from the deformed to the outlandish. Influenced by outsider art and naïve primitivism, Rubin’s bold treatment of the face strips away the mask we prepare to meet the faces that we meet (TS Elliot) Her materials include paper cutouts, encaustic, collage, oil, ink, water colour and acrylic. Her use of floral collage on the face intensifies the sense of mortatity. Her grandmother is one of the few specific individuals in her art. Through serial use and manipulation of her image, Rubin delves into history and the passing of generations.