Ruth Cleland


11th Jul –
4th Aug 2012

Minus their inhabitants and frequenters, places one might normally consider banal and unimaginative such as subdivisions, kerbside lawns, underground carparks, expansive malls and - in this instance traffic islands - are rendered eerie and haunting by Ruth Cleland’s meticulous drawings and paintings.

Aspects of familiar and overlooked spaces Cleland has lived in and around are captured, such as new suburban developments in Mosgiel and Hamilton, commercial escalators and sliding doors as well as innocuous and domestic interior spaces such as fragments of room corners and stairwells. Uneasiness ensues…


  1. Oct. 2013. Ruth Cleland | Idyll