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
woodcut, red and blue ink on two sheets of Japanese mulberry paper
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
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Ruth Burgess '95".
Gift of Miss Phyllis R Arnott 1995
Not on display
© Ruth Burgess
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 3 publications
Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006. List of works.
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004. cat.no. 6
Author Unknown, Ruth Burgess woodcuts, 1995, cover (illus.).