Opening Night Friday 9th June, 6-8pm
On completion of her Masters of Fine Art (Research) at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney in 2003, Ruth Stone moved to Millthorpe in the Central West of New South Wales where she has been based for the past 13 years. In that time Stone has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2009), the Country Energy Art Prize (2009) the Dobell Prize for Drawing (2009) and as well as the Salon des Refusés (2000, 2001, 2002). The work from the Dobell Prize for Drawing was acquired by the ING Collection for its head office in Warsaw, Poland. Stone works primarily in mixed media and oil painting, but has recently brought photography into play as a developmental aspect of the images for The Space Between.
Stone’s work in the Central West has been concerned with the transient and unpredictable forces of nature and the marks of man on the environment. These works, created in response to her participation in the Hill End Artists in Residence Program in 2014, represent a transition from an abstract to more figurative approach and explore the mysterious forces, layers of time, and ghostly history of this unique village. Stone’s ghosts tell stories of desperation, desire, powerlessness and the lost souls whose lives have passed through Hill End.