About

Ruth is an Australian artist who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2014 with a BA in Combined Studies. She has lived just outside Edinburgh for over twenty years. She also has a home on the South Coast of NSW and the inspiration for her artwork is drawn from these two contrasting geographical landscapes. She is fascinated by nature’s calligraphy: the myriad of lines on windswept beaches, the richly coloured rock faces, the delicate structures of shells and seaweed.

Central to her art practice is the experience of walking, observing and building a bank of pictorial references, from which she creates large-scale exploratory drawings and intimate artists’ books, which deconstruct and regenerate organic forms in a visual simulation of nature in flux.

Embedded within the ebb and flow of the abstract format, there are traces of sea forms, rhythmic ocean currents, gyres and man-made substances. The broad gestural strokes evoke the perpetual motion of the sea while the intensely worked areas contrast with quiet spaces of emptiness. There is a divergence between the spontaneous marks made by chance and more controlled intricate lines, and a discordance between the organic and the manufactured.

Awards

January 2017 – Turcan Connell Prize, RSW 136th Annual Exhibition
November 2015 – John Gray Award, RSW 135th Annual Exhibition
January 2015 – RSW Student Prize, RSW 134th Annual Exhibition

Exhibitions

 

October 2017 – A FINE LINE
Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh

August 2017 – PAPER WORK 4
Working Lines Collective, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

July 2017 – LINES OF ENQUIRY

Mesh Artist Collective, The Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr

January 2017 – RSW 136th ANNUAL EXHIBITION
RSA Building, Edinburgh

November 2016 – REWORKED
Mesh Artists Collective, Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh

September 2016 – ALL AT SEA
Porty Art Walk, St Philips Church, Portobello

August 2016 – PAPER WORK 3
Working Lines Collective, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 2016 – COASTLINES
Fringe by the Sea, The Den, North Berwick

December 2015 – RSW 135th ANNUAL EXHIBITION
RSA Building, Edinburgh

August 2015 – COAST
Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick

August 2015 – PAPER WORK 2
Working Lines Collective, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

July 2015 – IMPRINT
Spiral Gallery, Bega, NSW, Australia

April 2015 – EARTHWORKS
Patriothall, Edinburgh

 

January 2015 – RSW 134th ANNUAL EXHIBITION
RSA Building, Edinburgh

November 2014 – PRINT3
Black Cube Collective, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh

September 2014 – BCC ANNUAL SHOW
St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh

September 2014 – ARTROOTS
East Lothian

August 2014 – PAPER WORK
Working Lines Collective, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August-September 2014 – ARTROOMS AT COCKENZIE HOUSE
Black Cube Collective

May 2014 – EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART DEGREE SHOW

November-December 2013 – SURFACE MEMORY
Mesh Group Exhibition, Tweeddale Museum, Peebles

August 2013 – WORKING LINES
Edinburgh Ski Club, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

March-April 2013 – ALCHEMY
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

February-April 2011 – SKIN DEEP
Surgeon’s Hall Museum, Edinburgh

February 2011 – EXPERIMENTAL MATERIALS MIX EXHIBITION
Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

Various exhibitions at Edinburgh College of Art including Side Salad, 75%, Combin(e)d Textile exhibitions and CCS Annual group shows 2011-2014