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Ruth Thomas-Edmond


There is something seeing and there is something being seen
13 July – 6 August 2016

Please join us to celebrate with Ruth at the opening of her second solo exhibition at the gallery
Wednesday 13 July, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Ruth Thomas-Edmond, There is no such thing as an ordinary cat, 2016, acrylic on paper, 1200 x 1800 mm

With what has become a signature mark, Ruth Thomas-Edmond’s soft brush stokes, daubs of paint, gently, meanderingly repeat and accumulate, constructing two and three dimensional patterns and forms that slip between the familiar and the edge of memory.

Overlapping strokes and transparent overlays create a sense of veiled vistas and a dual sensation of under-painting looking out and the passerby glimpsing something not quite obscured.

Ruth’s titles, drawn from proverbs and fortune cookies, operate, with the artworks, to suggest and lightly play with the human desire to make sense of what we see and experience in the world. That might begin, she says, “with the kind of experience we have with an artwork that is evocative, or reaches back into our memory in a sensory way like the feeling of a colour, a room, a smell; things that blur and shift but stay with us and feel important or meaningful….”

This exhibition comprises large and small paintings on paper and painted cardboard sculptures.

Wellington based, Ruth has a Master of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts. She has been painting, exhibiting and teaching for over a decade.


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