Ruth Hutchinson creates precious and distinctive artworks that are often informed by their medium. Hutchinson has employed diverse mediums – from goat skin, fake teeth and hair to precious stones, metals, porcelains and watercolour – to make intimate and challenging artworks that lure and repel in equal measure. Hutchinson’s astonishing attention to detail is demonstrated in artworks that draw multifarious imagery from both literal and invented sources – from the realms of imagination, myth and from the world around her. These works operate as a crucible for the psychological, biological and mystical, that when combined undergo an alchemical transformation to conjure or banish real and imagined daemons.
Select solo exhibitions: M(eye)ND, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; ; Reflections of when my eyes saw my world in stone, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Mind’s Eye Lashings, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2006; Joysticks, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2003; Skinned, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2001; Ideal Communion, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 1999; Gadgets, Gizmos, Giveaways, Marital Aids, ACCA, Melbourne, 1998.
Select group exhibitions: Sidney Myer Australian Ceramics Award, Shepparton, 2015; The Anatomy Lesson, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2012; Contemporary Australia: Women, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2012 Hysteria: Past Yet Present, Paul Robeson Galleries, New Jersey, 2009; The Resurrectionists, Block Projects, Melbourne, 2008; A room inside, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2006; Washi, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2004; SOFA Chicago, Craft Australia, Chicago, 2002; Form Guide, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, 2000.Artist's CV (PDF)