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


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:
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



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.

Dodgy Art Show 2

Ruby is super excited to announce that her work will feature among 80 other artists local and international artists at the Dodgy Art Show 2 at the Stockroom in Ringwood (Melbourne)

Her pieces (left to right):
After Visiting Hours, Advance Care Plan and Afternoon Tea, 2017
Linocut on Dodgy Heliopress Test Print Paper (unique state print)
29 x 21 cm

OPENING NIGHT: Friday 29th September 2017

…it’s gonna be super dooper dodgy

Trashed Group Show At NOIR Darkroom

Trashed is a group exhibition at NOIR darkroom Gallery in Coburg, running from 20th September til October the 8th. Opening night is Friday 22nd of September.

The show is a multidisciplinary exploration of the theme “trashed”, Ruby’s work “Shit Fingers” discusses her view of process vs. product in her art practice.

Shit Fingers, 2017
Digital Print on 340gsm vinyl from 35mm negative.
90 x 51 cm

There’s a lot of focus on the archival quality of art but i feel like this point of view focuses on product rather than process. I sometimes feel this restricts my practice. The theme of the trashed show has let me investigate this ideology. Exploring disposability as a metaphor for advancing process, I set up a photo shoot using materials i found around my friend’s house. After developing the film I then digitally scanned the negative complete with dust and hairs. It was then printed onto vinyl giving the work a new texture and the stigma of now being a plastic object. Each part of the process changes the original idea which continues on a journey, including the way the work is displayed in the gallery space.
Products are disposable ideas are perpetual.

FernArtz Lid It! Exhibition

1501746491569-c216c3f3-7076-4048-9b15-b7fa4939f8fdRuby has a piece in Fernartz Lid it! exhibition opening 3 pm – 6 pm Sunday 20th August 2017.

Lid it! is an open entry group exhibition. Artworks to be created on recycled lids. It pays homage to the past while exploring the future. Lid it! reflects Melbourne’s famous ‘9 by 5′ exhibition held at Tom Roberts’s Studio in Melbourne, August 1889; many of the works were painted on recycled cigar lids.

Emma “Ruby” Armstrong-Porter
Portrait of The Barwon Club, 2017

Resin, aerosol and enamel paint on plastic lid

This portrait depicts the Barwon Club (a pub in Geelong) using motifs of “criminal tattoos” to tell the story of a typical night.
The narrative involves the barflies, the predatory characters looking for “love”, the booze, the brawls, the hangovers and the restrictive grasp of alcohol over the hotels patrons. The resin creates a boundary, like a window between the viewer and the subject, invoking a voyeuristic point of view.