Welcome to Ruth Addinall's website.
Ruth is a painter and sculptor living and working in Edinburgh.
Her work is generally figure-based and quite stylised.
"The most meaningful part of the experience of visual art is
often the part that cannot be put into words. One can talk about the
subject matter and my subject matter generally comes from moments of
everyday life that I would hope most people could recognise, with a
strong undercurrent of reference – 'homage' of a sort – to the
family of image-makers to which as an artist I feel I belong.
One can also talk about style, and the 'monumental' aspect
to some of my work could be seen as reflecting what I see as the heroic
nature of much of everyday existence. More importantly to me, is
the fact that I am drawn to the monumental for stylistic reasons. I
find these hard to explain. I am unfashionably drawn to that which is
still, the static qualities of form and mass – not exclusively but
predominantly. It feels to me that mass somehow encapsulates
time and energy and that this creates (for me at least) an intensity
of experience. The fact that I work quite slowly reinforces this aspect."
Henry James: "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."