Trained as a sculptor, Chishti works with the detritus of daily life: straw, cotton wool, plastic bags, fabric and old newspapers. In her recent work she has extended this focus on the domestic by moulding a series of sculptural objects from feminine sanitary napkins and stockings. Her often-limp figures of crows, buffaloes and humans are stuffed, cast and stitched to create narratives of dignified pathos and gentle sadness.
Ruby received her BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore, and currently lives and works in California. Her recent international exhibitions include Moving Ahead at the National Art Gallery, Islamabad; Feats of Clay at the Lincoln Arts & Cultural Foundation in California; Threads, Dreams, Desires at Harris Museum in Preston (UK); Sangam at the Urbis, Manchester. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Childhood, London; the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi and the Maritime Museum, Karachi.