Mental Health Foundation Australia – Consumer Art Prize

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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

ARTIST STATEMENT:
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.
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Art Bombing in New York by Tania Ferrier

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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.

NOIR Darkroom – “big SMALL (Works) Birthday Bash”

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Emma “Ruby” Armstrong-Porter
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Paint pen and graphite on found paper bin bag
35 cm x 28 cm

“The numerals do not represent a chronological cycle, nor does the circle show direction. The motifs are jumbled, but create a larger narrative that has not yet been told.”

Ruby created this artwork whilst in the Broadmeadows’ Inpatient Unit (acute psychiatric hospital) as an expression of her emotional an physical state. She was in the hospital for the opening of the exhibition.

The “big SMALL (Works) Birthday Bash” at NOIR Darkroom, Coburg. April 18th to May 6th.

 

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

“Imaginings” Group Show

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Many long hours of work by many tallented printmakers was displayed to a great reception at the opening of “Imaginings”, A print exchange, at NEOspace Gallery in Collingwood. Below is a list of the 65 amazing artists that made it happen.

Emma ‘Ruby’ Armstrong-Porter, Janet Ayliffe, Susan Baran, Kylie Blackley, Helen Blue, Loris Button, Elaine Camlin, Laura Castell, Jenny Clapson, Elizabeth Cole, Paul Compton, Rachel Derum, Sue Ernst, Ian ‘Spike’ Farawell, Philip Faulks, Kevin Foley, Sue Fraser, Rona Green, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Gregory Harrison, Carolyn Hawkins, Bill Hay, Kate Hudson, Kyoko Imazu, Jet James, Deborah Klein, Jo Lankester, Suzie Lockery, Cassie May, John McClumpha, Aaron McLoughlin, Lorelei Medcalf, Glenn Morgan, Karen Neal, Belinda ‘Billy’ Nye, Sharron Okines, Diana Orinda Burns, Glenda Orr, Travis Paterson, Jim Pavlidis, Sue Poggioli, Jocelyn Rawlins, Bronwyn Rees, Trudy Rice, David Rosengrave, John Ryrie, Jill Sampson, Gwen Scott, Benjamin Sexton, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Sandra Starkey Simon, Mrs Stamp, Maggie Stein, Rachel Suarez, Sophia Szilagyi, Scott Trevelyan, Lee Ward, Peter Ward, Justin Watson, Andrew Weatherill, Lynette Weir, Joel Wolter and Christine Wrest Smith.

 

“Bring a Plate” at The Stockroom

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Ruby will be participating in “Bring a Plate – Group Show” at the Stockroom in Ringwood this December. Her plate is pictured above:
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Some Little Things In My Pocket, 2017
Porcelain Paint on Found Plate
“The concept of the show is simple; to create an artwork on a plate.
And just like last year we will be raising much needed money for FareShare who do a wonderful job supporting those in need. Last year we raised close to $10,000 for them and I’m hoping we raise even more this time around!”
Check out The Stockrooms Facebook Page for more info.

“Imaginings” Group Show

 

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Visual Biography of a Chef at the Bendigo Hotel, 2017
2 layer lino print on Japanese Mulberry paper
28 cm x 19 cm
$180 unframed

By translating ideas into motifs of “criminal tattoos”, in this piece I have communicated a biographical narrative of a “20 something’s” life working as a chef at the Bendigo hotel in Collingwood.
Layering the imagined hand tattoos over a map of Melbourne’s inner North gives a sense of place to the story.
Using a linocut technique I pay homage to the method of tattooing; carving images into the skin and recording ideas in ink. The Japanese Mulberry Paper references weathered hardworking skin.