Approved: 16.08.2010

Ruth Wallace

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2010

My work addresses themes of absence, memory and female identity. It explores the borderland between absence and presence and between the familiar and the strange. I often return to motifs of women's clothing and wallpaper to suggest a domestic context and traces and memories of people who are no longer present.

Recently, I have been working with old family photographs to explore the way in which

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Adult education, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media
  • Tags: memory, absence, female identity, traces, family narrative, drawing
 
 

Biography

My work addresses themes of absence, memory and female identity. It explores the borderland between absence and presence and between the familiar and the strange. I often return to motifs of women's clothing and wallpaper to suggest a domestic context and traces and memories of people who are no longer present. Recently, I have been working with old family photographs to explore the way in which photographs shape our memories and drive a family narrative. The past impacts on the present through these memories and evocations but, like static interference, can only ever be an interruption, an impression, so the figures in my drawings often blend into the background or are cut through by it. A photograph is both fixed at the point at which it was taken and also open to constantly changing interpretation, dependent upon time and the understanding of the individual viewer. My editing process, which often involves isolating the figures from their original environment, together with the shift in scale from a tiny original photograph to the large-scale of the final drawing, enables me to divest these images of their familiarity and allows the relationship between the viewer and the figure in the image to be manipulated. Whilst the capturing of a photographic image takes a split second, a drawing represents an investment of time during which the image builds, changes and accrues its own layers of history.

CV & Education

Qualifications

MA Fine Art (Research), University of the West of England, Bristol (2007)

BA Visual Communication (Illustration), Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire (1982)

 

Group exhibitions

2016

Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol

Pay and Display, Centrespace, Bristol

2015 

RWA Archive Project Exhibition with HATCH Drawing Group, Royal West of England Academy

Secret Postcard Auction, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Imagined Postcards, Drawn 2015, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol

2014

162 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

DRAW 14, Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open Exhbition, Menier Gallery, London

BV Studios Group Show, Sidcot Galleries, Sidcot, North Somerset

Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol

Hampstead Affordable Art Fair (Bowlish Gallery)

2013

161 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

The Femail Project, ARTicle Gallery, School of Art, Birmingham City University

Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Hampstead Affordable Art Fair, Bowlish Gallery stand, Hampstead, London

Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol

2012

160 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

New Visions, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells and Mendip Museum, Wells, Somerset

Wunderland II, TactileBOSCH Gallery, Cardiff

2011

HerStory by Women's Work, The Link Gallery, University of Winchester, Winchester

Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol

2010

Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire, invited artist demonstrator

Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol

Smoke, Black Swan Gallery, Frome

2009

157 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Affordable Art Fair, Temple Meads, Bristol

Affordable Art Fair, The Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Chelsea Art Fair, Old Town Hall, Chelsea, London

Drawing Room II, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Wessex and West Country Women Artists, Bowlish Gallery, Shepton Mallet

2008

156 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Drawing Interiors: Fran Richardson and Ruth Wallace, Bristol Drawing School, Bristol

King-sized, Centrespace, Bristol

2007

MA Graduation Show, University of the West of England, Bristol

 

Workshops

2008  till present - Drawing classes and workshops, Bristol Drawing School, RWA, Bristol