(Australia 1932 – )
89.8 x 117.9 cm blockmark (overall); 110.9 x 160.4 cm sheet (overall):
a - left image; 90 x 58.4 cm; blockmark
a - left image; 110.3 x 80 cm; sheet
b - right image; 90 x 58.4 cm; blockmark
b - right image; 110.3 x 80 cm; sheet
This woodcut emanated from 20 years' repeated use of the forest as my imagery. I wanted to do large works to take the woodcut out of an illustrative or limited medium into a large-scale concept like a painting yet with all the vigour of the cutting which I love.
I cut the blocks after drawing a charcoal image and the cutting is dominant in the final image, the printing is towards this. I think my interest in Asian art had some component.
Artist's statement, 2006
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004. cat.no. 6
Anne Ryan (Curator), Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006. List of works.
Author Unknown, Ruth Burgess woodcuts, 1995, cover (illus.).
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers:
Ruth Burgess: From the Forest (working title), Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 16 Mar 2013–19 May 2013
(Ruth Burgess woodcuts May 1995), Fire Station Gallery, Rozelle