All is not lost, New Work by Ruth O’Donnell
Ruth O’Donnells new work stems from her time at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in 2014. As artist-in-residence she made an extended series of studies 150 drawings and watercolours of ceramics from 14 museums as well as researching images of ceramics in still-life and narrative paintings. These working drawings are the starting point for her new etchings made at Graphic Studio Dublin, which include a series inspired by porcelain recovered from shipwrecks (now in the Musee Guimet). O’Donnell is engrossed with ceramics, intrigued by the multiple connotations ceramic imagery has in the history of art, they form the predominant subject of her work.
Through an emotional engagement with her material O’Donnell examines the history, politics and economics which museum pieces carry overlaid with preoccupations of anxiety and affection for what is fragile, and admiration for resilience. Her carefully considered compositions highlight the choices she has made from a vast array of objects.