Fugitive Spaces, 2011–2012
Oil on board
Original size: 180 x 300 cm
Photographer: Ollie Harrop
Ruth Solomons’ work combines collage and construction methods with a materially-aware painterly approach. An appearance of ‘abstraction’ is the result of working from simple maquettes made from malleable materials such as paper, string and wire, which are projected as silhouettes upon painting surfaces. These maquettes become a springboard for painterly decision-making; balancing construction with composition. Thus the way her paintings are physically constructed and displayed echoes the evidence of compositional processes, which remain upon the painting surfaces themselves.
Solomons has recently completed an MRes in Arts Practice at Chelsea College of Art & Design, where she carried out a research project looking at ethics and the strategies artists use to sustain their practices. In 2014 she has participated in a 5 person show, Hey Days!, at Bermondsey Project Space, and has been selected to show new work in the exhibition Speaker's Corner - New Voices in Hackney Art at BL-NK Gallery in Shoreditch. She aims to begin her practice-based PhD in Arts Management later this year, at Birkbeck, University of London.