EMBEDDED a Contemporary Quilt Exhibition


Embedded shows at NOIR darkroom 7th – 17th of March 2019.

NOT URS, 2019

Found bedding and haberdashery, gold thread, mother’s dress

200cm x 100cm

“Why should I have to remind you?

As medieval Sheela Na Gig sculptures exposed and exaggerated the female genitalia, I too have exaggerated the form using soft and slippery materials from the beds of others, and garments often worn by women for the male gaze. I reassert the subject as the property of the female.

I should not have to remind you that it is not yours.”

Photo by Jessica Schwientek

12×12 exhibition at the stockroom


Ruby’s artwork “Destructive, Protective, Definitive”, 2018 is an exploration of grief and ways of being. It was on display as part of the Stockroom Gallery’s 12×12 exhibition in December 2018. The medium of ink on soft recycled paper mimics the tattoo process referencing the scars left by emotions linked with expirence rather than mental illness.

All the Feels, In Sickness and in Stealth Zine Launch


ALL THE FEELS exhibition, is raising funds for IN SICKNESS AND STEALTH art collective this mental health awareness week event will include a night of art, performance, music, stalls as well as the launch of our second In Sickness and Stealth zine. Funds will be split between performers and building future accessible events for artists with mental illnesses, chronic illness and disabilities.

Ruby’s piece will feature in the zine.

Showing at Loop Project Space in Melbourne on the 10th October 6pm.

“Not really an exhibition”


…it wasn’t really an exhibition, but rather an insight into Ruby’s process.

The 3 day window show at NOIR darkroom included working drawings scattered across the floor, objects from the psychiatric hospital, a tattooed chair, a home made tattoo machine and artist proofs of prints from the swanston street series.

“Not Really an Exhibition” was on show day and night allowing the public to interact with the installation as one would a collection of artifacts in a museum, but instead situated in a shop front window, accesable to all passing by.

Into Art Exhibition

96 tears

Ruby is thrilled to be an exhibiting artist in the Merri Health INTO ART exhibition. Celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of the artists from Exchange art studio.

Why is creativity important?

What is it that helps to heal the mind, what important things do we have in creativity that allows us to self express our self and share with others.

Emma “Ruby” Armstrong-Porter
96 Tears, 2018
Lino cut on paper


More information about the show can be found here.

Mental Health Foundation Australia – Consumer Art Prize


Ruby Has Entered the 2018 Mental Health Foundation of Australia Consumer Art Competition. The exhibition will run during mental health month, 7th October – 6th November. The painting was created whilst Ruby was in May at the PARC (prevention and recovery care) Broadmeadows, Australia, a facility that assists people with sub-acute mental illness’ a place to recover and transition back to everyday life.

Emma “Ruby” Armstrong-Porter
“Love, Hope and Growth at Jewell House”, 2018
Water based enamel on board.
29cm x 21cm

As a printmaker I use sharp tools to create my art. Sharp things are not allowed in
hospital. After 3 weeks in Broadmeadows Inpatient Unit, drawing on scraps of paper bin bags with some paint pens my partner bought me, arriving at broadmeadows PARC allowed me to be more free in the way I artistically express myself and the materials I could use.

I’ve made this painting during my stay, showing the hope and positivity I’ve found at PARC. The lines are are a little shaky, but so are my hands due to decreasing my medications.
The yellow map behind the hand is an interpretation of the floor plan of Jewell House. The hand itself shows my journey using tattoo motifs; the pain, the institutionalisation, but most importantly the lotus flower, representing growth and recovery in my life journey.

Art Bombing in New York by Tania Ferrier


Tania Ferrier did a Bit of Art Bombing with Ruby’s “Grab No Pussy” cap at Museum of Art & Design in New York.

Ferrier is a practicing multi-disciplinary Artist and the artist behind Angry Underwear, an art project that began in 1988 and become an international media sensation covered by USA, AUS, German, Italian, Japanese and Mexican TV programs and other media outlets. An exclusive lingerie store, Enelra, sold Angry Underwear and Naomi Campbell, Lauren Hutton, Reno and Odetta are amongst celebrities who own Ferrier bras

“Grab no Pussy” is a part of Ferrier’s private collection.