QGW Literature Print Exchange

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Emma “Ruby” Armstrong-Porter
“Love is Poison”, 2018
Lino Cut and Tattoo ink on Paper
18x18cm Unframed


This is Bill. He was a sentimental bloke, a bit rough around the edges. But it’s 1915 and he’s in love with his tart, Doreen.

This portrait uses tattoo motifs to tell the narrative of Bill’s outing to the theater with Doreen and his connection to the play “Romeo and Juliet”.

Although his hands are rugged from fighting, Bill’s personality is changed when love fills his veins, like a poison. The coded images in this piece also describe the emotions he feels when he squeezes Doreen’s hand.

The linocut process allows me to carve and ink personal stories, drawing a parallel to the tattoo process

Ruby is participating in the 2018 Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop Literature Print exchange.

32 artists interpret 32 Aussie texts in this years exhibition. Ruby explores CJ Dennis’ poem “The Play”.

Exhibition runs May 3 – June 17, opening May 6 at QGW

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