These are not your usual animal skins! Ruth Marshall, an Australian artist based in New York, has spent years researching museum collections and has transformed scientific specimens into beautiful works of art.
Artist Ruth Marshall’s interest in animals, art and science has produced a stunning collection of works representing endangered species through the medium of knitting. Each of her hand knitted one-of-a-kind textiles is interpreted from individual animals researched from museums and zoos around the world.
By focusing our attention on the issue of species decline Ms Marshall also reminds us of the intrinsic natural beauty that inspired us to covet these creatures in the first place. Included in the exhibition is a series of Australian animals studied from specimens at the Melbourne Museum.
Ruth Marshall Biography
Australian born Ruth Marshall has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Pratt institute, USA.
For fourteen years she worked as an exhibit sculptor at the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo. Her art has recently been exhibited at the Australian Consulate in New York City, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Museum of Art & Design – New York City. Publications include:
‘Textiles: The Art of Mankind’, by Mary Schoeser / Thames & Hudson
Vogue Knitting, Textiles: The Australian magazine for Textile Arts / September 2013 issue 111
as well as her own book ‘Vanished into Stitches’
Also the Bronx Council of the Arts BRIO award 2013. Recent projects of interest are the activist knitting kit, ‘KNOT Impossumble’, a fund raising endeavor for Victoria’s Leadbeater’s Possum.
She currently resides in New York City, USA.
When: Daily from 08 August 2014 to 07 December 2014
Next on: 08 August 2014, 10:00 AM – 04:00 AM
Where: National Wool Museum, 26-32 Moorabool St, Geelong