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Britten and Ireland – Ruth Dent Exhibition – a Review by Georgina Simmonds
Ruth Dent is an artist whose work was recently exhibited in the Nucleus Art Gallery. Her work incorporates vivid colours and hidden meanings. The two collections that we were able to view on Wednesday 22nd April were both inspired by pieces of music. Dent told us that she used various techniques, including throwing paint.
The first series, which were somewhat brighter than the series inspired by the “War Requiem”, by Benjamin Britton, captured one of the four seasons in each painting.
The first series was inspired by a piece of organ music called “Te Deum” by John Ireland. Whilst painting each piece, Ruth used colours that she felt represented the seasons; for example, in L’Hiver, TheWinter, she utilised greys and blues to represent the pale colours of winter and also left more blank space to re present the starkness of this month.
My favourite piece was “Requiem Aeternam,” which was the primary piece of the series inspired by “War Requiem.” In my opinion, this is the darkest piece of the series. Dent has used deep reds and a dark brown, both of which remind me of the death and horrible conditions of the battlefield.
The majority of the shapes are what Dent drew when listening to the music in Aachen, when her son was singing in a choir. What’s more, Wilfred Owen’s influential poems have influenced the shapes made in this piece. although this piece looks simple, I loved it because when you look closer so much effort has obviously gone into it.
In conclusion, this exhibition was both interesting and insightful.
Britten and Ireland – Ruth Dent Exhibition – a Review by Jessica Knight
The above reviews by Jessica and Georgina were written for their Arts Award, which they are working towards at Nucleus Arts, Chatham.