Ruth McDonnell




An Exhibition by Ruth McDonnell

The Dunamaise Arts Centre presents The Enhanced Sign, an exhibition of new paintings by Ruth McDonnell which was opened during afternoon tea and conversation between the artist and Commissioning Editor RTÉ Television, Sheila de Courcy on Saturday 5th November. A drawing workshop also took place with Ruth McDonnell on the same day at 10.30am-12.30pm.

The paintings in this exhibition are informed by the visual language of cinema. By selecting films that have left a personal impact McDonnell explores those details that define character, location and period.

In lens-based media props and costumes are employed as devices to serve the narrative or used as metaphors to enhance visual meanings.

By isolating these objects and removing them from their original context, location and accompanying soundtrack the interpretive process is multiplied, each viewer participating in evoking new sets of personal memories and unique conclusions.

Ruth McDonnell studied at the NCAD and The Medway College of Design in Kent.  She worked as a Production Buyer in the Design Department in RTE for many years while exhibiting widely as a textile artist. In 1996 she began a Fine Art Diploma in Dun Laoghaire IADT then went to DIT where she was awarded a BA in Fine Art in 2002.

She has undertaken a number of residencies. Awards include the Student Printmaking Award by the RDS, Thomas Dammann Jr travel bursary. The Arts Council bursary 2004 and 2008.  She has participated in a diverse range of selected group exhibitions and her work is featured in public and private collections

This exhibition at Dunamaise Arts Centre is her second solo show and will continue until 3rd December.  

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Funded by

The Arts Council


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Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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