At first glance, Ruby Sky Stiler’s wall reliefs seem to be direct quotations from classical antiquity. In fact, she has cobbled together an incongruous pastiche of imagery and objects which reference a myriad of sources, both ancient and modern. To that end, Stiler explores the notion of authenticity: how it is perceived, creates value, and can prompt an atmosphere of authority surrounding an object. The work delves further into this question via materials. Appearing as though a conservator of antiquities haphazardly pieced together chiseled marble fragments to make a whole, Stiler’s wall reliefs are actually constructed from contemporary art supplies: acrylic resin, foam, polymer adhesive, and pigment. Ruby Sky Stiler’s work was included in the 2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park; she will also have a solo exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery running January 21 - February 27, 2011.