An exhibition named after a David Foster Wallace short story – a story of loss and self-deception, of standing at the kitchen window, contemplating the view.
These paintings of women, mostly in domestic interiors, are saturated by coloured light. In ‘Everything is Green’, the window frames a scene of well worn familiarity, the view from the artist’s front room in Gorton. We see this repeated in other paintings around the room. It’s a very human-centric point of view, but you are not sheltered from the wider world - you are the one trapped inside. Reality still surrounds you just outside the window.
Thursday 10th February 2022
– Wednesday 6th April 2022
Recommended for all ages.
Official opening on Thursday 10 February at 7pm. Free – no booking required.
Ruth’s work has an additional resonance during the pandemic, when we’ve all spent longer contemplating the physical contours of home. There are several references to paintings by famous male painters that depict an idealistic vision of living spaces, bohemian and bourgeois. Here the same tokens are present but the mood is disrupted by enigmatic behaviours or gestures. We’re sharing the same space, but there’s something private and inaccessible about the subjects. This evokes feelings of alienation and paranoia and makes them less comfortable than traditional paintings of women in their front rooms.
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