"I have always been fascinated by maps and cartography. A map tells you where you've been, where you are and where you're going-- in a sense its three tenses in one." -- Peter Greenaway
Rutva’s practice finds inspiration in cartography and focuses on travel, navigating routes, mapping experiences, and both literal and figurative crossroads. The landmarks and destinations mapped in her artworks represent emotional experiences or physical spaces of significance to her. She enjoys experimenting with materials and techniques including collages, sketching, painting, digital printing and staining, to create an alternate dimension where her thoughts and memories can reside permanently. To that effect, the lines in her artworks represent the layers and the fluidity of remembrance. Her practice also attempts to use abstraction to create a visceral sense of movement through space. She plays with patterns, shadows, and form to tell different stories in every frame.