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‘Visible, invisible, veiled’

 

This continuing body of work 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.

 

Ruth Dent Pathways, acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper, 84 x 84cm

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

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

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

 

Ruth Dent Escape l

Escape l, acrylic on canvas, 3′ x 3′

Ruth Dent Escape ll, acrylic on canvas, 3' x 3'

Escape ll, acrylic on canvas, 3′ x 3′

 

Ruth Dent Les Libellules, Acrylic on Canvas, 6' x 6'

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

What it reveals, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100cm ( 4 x 50 x 50cm)

What it hides, acrylic on linen thread, overall 120 x 120cm; actual painting 120 x 86cm

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

And finally the piece which started this body of work. One of three images created to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Virginia Woolf’s first novel, ‘The Voyage Out’ in 1915.

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

 

 

Prior to the 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

 

 

Choral Evensong: Celebrating Evensong Artist Book

 

Celebrating Evensong: Second Reading

 

 

Choral Evensong: Art for Evensong Exhibition

 

Art for Evensong at Worcester Cathedral