Claudia Jowitt and Ruth Thomas-Edmond, two artists who regularly show in the gallery, share an interest in what may be called everyday abstraction. Both are makers of multi-layered abstract works, which speak to the world in which they are created. Both also build their forms – which move between two and three-dimensionality – through repetition and accumulation of material and mark-making. Rarely simply paint on canvas, their work incorporates found materials from cardboard to seeds, beads and metal or even coconut husk in Claudia's work.
Wellington based, Ruth completed a Master of Fine Arts from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 2005. Recent public exhibitions include Solo 2014 at the Dowse Art and How to Fall in 2013 and The Obstinate Object in 2012 at City Gallery Wellington. Claudia completed a Master of Fine Arts at Elam in 2015. In 2016, she was the inaugural Tautai Pacific Arts Trust Artist in Residence at the Dunedin School of Art. She has been exhibiting since completing her undergraduate degree at AUT in 2009. Both artists have work in public and private collections.
Press release courtesy Bartley + Company Art.