May 16, 2018
Ruth McDonald, painter- printmaker, has had her work exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and reflects her interest in moonlit woodland landscape and the sea. Her prints for the exhibition ‘On Margate Sands’ were the result of spending a sunny and cold day in November roaming the beach at Margate drawing, musing and recording images from noon until sunset. Her two screen-prints are the result of sitting in the shelter where Eliot wrote ‘The Waste Land’ and imagining it was a ship floating over the sands. She used the decorative elements of the structure to provide a frame for images of Margate today. The collagraph prints are all based on the sands and the sea and the evanescent quality of light on a beach. They feature the quality of light reflected on the sands, sea and sky from mid-day until a spectacular sunset at 6:00 pm. Some familiar Margate landscapes included are Arlington House, Turner Contemporary and the Harbour.