Ruth O'Leary

Ruth’s multi disciplinary practice has always existed in a responsive relation to her lived experience, and is refreshingly honest, inquisitive and engaging. It has long been underpinned by a feminist ethos, and has shown a consistent sense of humour. It is at once self-evident, and cannot be overstated that artists in the early years of motherhood often shoulder an additional burden, seen as having their energies invested elsewhere, or as being “less serious” as practitioners. Rather than elide this tension, Ruth has put it at the centre of her practice and given voice and materiality to her experiences as a woman, an artist and a mother.

Ruth O’Leary (based Dja Dja Wurrung/Castlemaine) holds a BFA from RMIT University and First Class Honours from Monash University. Her practice interlaces feminist, subjective and maternal ideas played out through the expanded field of painting.
She has exhibited in solo exhibitions (Bus Projects, TCB Art Inc) and participated widely in group shows across Australia (Ian Potter, NGV). In 2018 Ruth was commissioned by the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art to make new work for the exhibition ‘Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism. (Ian Potter, NGV) and internationally. Ruth has completed residencies in Australia, Germany and Finland.

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