Wednesday, 13 May 2015

'Rhymes with Silence'- 13 Plays on Domestic Violence at 107 Projects, Redfern,16 May

Rhymes with Silence is a collection of short plays about domestic violence and mothers comprising thirteen new plays by nine playwrights, directed by Joy Roberts, and produced by Improvising Change at 107 Projects in Redfern, Sydney which opens at 7 pm this Saturday, and runs from 16-24 May.

“What is so powerful and potentially therapeutic about writings and plays on domestic violence by people who may have experienced it, is that it turns the shame of a stigmatized personal assault into a social concern and a workplace issue, and in doing so can help individuals affected by this to move on, at the same time giving insights into how and why it happens which can also help in the fight to eradicate domestic violence which so many women are subjected to and which destroys families and relationships and impacts on women at work as the plays on domestic violence show.”
Dr Ruth Skilbeck, author of Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room

Monday, 11 May 2015

INTERTWINED art exhibition and book launch

The Intertwined: Exhibiting Mother Artists talks and book launch of Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room on Saturday at the ANU School of Art in Canberra proved to be a great occasion and highly memorable with many of the artists and others there. The floor talk and book launch were televised. Thanks to all the artists, and to all those who came, and for your interest all those unable to make it, planning more book launches and art events. Will keep you posted!
Ruth Skilbeck

Friday, 1 May 2015

'Last Things' in Exhibition and Book Launch at ANU School of Art, Canberra May 4-9th

An exhibition of photographic images and writings by Ruth Skilbeck 
In Intertwined: Exhibiting Mother Artists, ANU School of Art, May 4-9, 2015
Author talk and book launch of Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room, 4-5pm May 9

The talk and exhibition opening were televised for  Sydney "Coffee Break" CommunityTV show, producer Jan Wood

The exhibition was of nine photographic images from the Last Things series with an essay.

Wall Essay:
First Things: Reflections on Single-lens Reflex Digital Photography with a Wide-angle Lens
by Ruth Skilbeck
Published in The International Journal of the Image, Vol. 3, 2013

This reflective practice essay discusses the psychology of perception and the proposition of processing trauma and loss through digital photography focusing on “Last Things” series of photographic images by the author. The paper reflexively explores the proposition of Art making as means of processing Traumatic experience, of loss, and shock of the unknown, in this case literally as well as symbolically, in images that go beyond words. The room was “empty” but needed clearing of the last things. She entered her mother’s death chamber with camera held to her face as shield and mask and took photographs of objects that she found there. The author learned from her own response, that she turned to the visual, to images, before words; she used her digital single-lens reflex camera, with wide-angle lens. This experience shifted her focus as arts journalist, to reflectively writing of her own perceptions and response, and the images made in that passing moment. Here she also refers to other artists and critics including urban Aboriginal artists, Mary Kelly, Barthes in his "Camera Lucida" and to further published exhibited works she has made.

Blue Fugue, 2013  (Book cover image)
Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room, Newcastle: PostMistress Press, 2015. 

Exhibition: Intertwined: Exhibiting Mother Artists
Curated by Ruth Skilbeck, Vee Malnar and Joan Garvan 
with Book Launch of Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room a novel by Ruth Skilbeck
Exhibition: ANU School of Art Monday 4 May- Saturday 9 May.
Author Talk and Book Launch: 4-5 Saturday 9 May 2015