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‘Visible, invisible, veiled’

 

A continuing and evolving body of work.  ‘Visible, invisible, veiled’ began in 2015 when broken grids appeared unexpectedly in a painting inspired by Virginia Woolf’s first novel ‘The Voyage Out’.

At the time I wrote in my journal:

‘And there is also the thought that the grids represent a veil – allowing glimpses beneath, whilst also distorting and hiding, shading, holding back.  Is this something to do with the spirit – which is unseen and yet it’s presence is felt, known, acknowledged and simultaneously hidden from view?’

 

Nature is full of broken grids.

 

Walking in the woods I observe their changing colours and appearance, asking ‘is nature hiding’ and ‘what is nature hiding’, as well as considering whether “a broken grid relates to breaking out?”.

 

Recently, pathways have appeared: through the forest, around a stupa or within a labyrinth, referencing memories of Ajanta (India) and Chartres (France).

 

My work celebrates life, nature, the feminine and the spirit, aiming to capture the exhilaration of connection through colour, gesture and material.

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Pathways, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm. Sold

Visible, invisible, veiled

Pathways ll, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x84cm

See an artwork you would like to purchase?  Please contact me via email: ruth@ruthdent.com

Visible, invisible, veiled

Escape l, acrylic on canvas, 3′ x 3′

Visible, invisible, veiled

Escape ll, acrylic on canvas, 3′ x 3′

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Les Libellules, acrylic on canvas, 6′ x 6′

What am I?

Skimming o’er the mirror,

Glimmers of light,

Iridescent rainbows,

Dancing in flight.

Hovering o’er the surface,

Cavorting left and right,

Dazzling jewels,

A beguiling sight.

Skimming o’er the mirror,

Dancing in the light,

Iridescent rainbows,

Glimmering in flight … a dragonfly

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Capturing the glow, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Elemental, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

A Glad Day, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Reticulation acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Flambeaux, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm. Sold

Visible, invisible, veiled

Turning Green, 84 x 84cm, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Emerald Pools, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Drifter, Acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Looking back, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Duet, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm. Sold

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Orbital, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Vortex, Acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm. Sold

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

The Crossing Place, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Lifeforce, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm

 

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Sun on my face, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque Paper, 84 x 84cm

 

Sun on my face

Wind pushing back my hair

I imagine levitating

And then dissipating

Into the green

Of the air

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

Whirling, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm. Sold

Visible, invisible, veiled

Moon Dance, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84 cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Charcoal l, charcoal & acrylic on paper, 50 x 50cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

Charcoal ll, charcoal & acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 50 x 50cm. Sold

 

See an artwork you would like to purchase?  Please contact me via email: ruth@ruthdent.com

Visible, invisible, veiled

In a liminal zone, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

The bluebells are out and it’s magic, oil on canvas 100 x 100cm

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

What it reveals (1, 2, 3, 4), acrylic on canvas, each 50 x 50cm

Visible, invisible, veiled

What it hides, acrylic on linen thread, overall 120 x 120cm; actual painting 120 x 86cm. Not for Sale

 

The four parts of What it reveals and What it hides were created together – with the woven linen hanging (What it hides) being laid on top of What it reveals – whilst one colour at a time was applied. Then it was hung up to dry and each of the four paintings beneath were turned one quarter turn after each colour to disrupt the grids. Hung slightly away from the wall, What it hides creates lovely shadows, again asking the question as to what is ‘Visible, invisible, veiled?

Visible, invisible, veiled

What is held within, acrylic on cotton, 190 x 140cm (image is 160 x 140cm)

Visible, invisible, veiled

What is beyond, acrylic on canvas, 176 x 140cm (image is 136 x 140cm)

 

These two paintings saw me change to acrylics, again working in layers and experimenting with how much of the original layer can be seen within the final piece. I selected these two paintings to become the first ‘Visible, invisible, veiled’ silk scarves. Available in three sizes – these digitally printed silk scarves are made in England. See What is beyond and What is held within.

 

Visible, invisible, veiled

I am invisible, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm. Sold

Visible, invisible, veiled

In a state of osmosis, oil on canvas, 100cm x 100cm

 

And finally the piece which started this body of work and my preoccupation with broken grids. It is a transition piece, as I moved on from interpretation.  Voyage Out: Land and sea contains the grids which sparked my interest, leading to In a state of osmosis, the first in my Visible, invisible, veiled body of work.

It is one of two paintings created to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Virginia Woolf’s first novel, ‘The Voyage Out’ in 1915.  The other, titled simply ‘The Voyage Out’ is now available as a silk scarf.

Voyage Out: Land & Sea, oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm

See information about upcoming exhibitions, and take a look at the paintings and prints have become art silk scarves.

Prior to the broken grids appearing in ‘Voyage Out: Land and Sea’, I interpreted music, literature and live performance into visual form.

Here are links to some of those bodies of work:

 

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

 

Britten War Requiem - Requiem aeternam

Britten War Requiem – Requiem aeternam

 

Shifting Sand Prints

 

Shifting Sand ll

Shifting Sand ll

 

Choral Evensong: Celebrating Evensong Artist Book

 

Celebrating Evensong: Second Reading

 

 

Choral Evensong: Art for Evensong Exhibition

 

Art for Evensong at Worcester Cathedral

 

 

 

Exhibitions

Art Silk Scarves

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