Barely Wearable: body adornment for the age of overconsumption
Ruth Downes reappropriates everyday materials and objects to celebrate their intrinsic beauty. All thirty 3D works are made from the repurposing of a broad range of materials.
Exhibition Dates and Locations
Over the next three years Ruth’s ‘Barely Wearable’ exhibition is on the road. It can be seen in seven regional galleries in Sydney, Hunter and South Coast NSW, as well as in Queensland.
12 March – 26 April, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree NSW
10 August – 23 November, Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Huskisson NSW
17 February – 10 April, Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie QLD
16 April – 26 May, Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla QLD
23 July – 5 September, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSW
4 February – 1 May 2022, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Sydney NSW
24 June – 10 September 2023, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland NSW
23 July – 5 September 2021, Manly Art Gallery and Museum
4 February – 1 May 2022, Hurstville Museum and Gallery
12 March – 26 April 2020, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree
10 August – 23 November 2020, Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Huskisson
24 June – 10 September 2023, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland
17 February – 10 April 2021, Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie
16 April – 26 May 2021, Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla
About Ruth Downes
Ruth Downes’ portfolio of artwork has ranged from intimate, mixed-media gallery exhibitions to large scale, site-specific public artworks. In her hand-crafted public gallery exhibitions she has evolved materials into a new life with underlying humour and word play.
Her Public art – Commissions projects are also diverse in materials but focused on visual enjoyment and longevity in the outdoor environment.
Forty tea cups and saucers are displayed together as a ‘tea partea’ in this mixed-media artwork. Each handcrafted piece has a name and personality that reflects the diverse characters mingling at this public event. It won the People’s Choice Award at the National Sculpture Prize at the NGA. > More about the Tea Party in the Mayoral Garden
An amusing cafeteria style spread of obsessively crafted meals made from the materials and/or tools of each trade, celebrating the often neglected work of the trades while playing with the language of modern cuisine. > More about Lunch for the Trades
In a number of public spaces, Ruth has created relevant, site-specific artwork in a wide range of materials and sizes.
View > Public art projects
Away from the constraints of commissions, Ruth enjoyed great success with sculptural installations, both solo and in partnership with Geoff Webster.
View > Sculpture