Art student’s ‘underwater exhibition

Ruth Boddington
Ruth Boddington

An art student is holding an exhibition of her work at the end of the month.

Ruth Boddington is in her final year of a degree course in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing at the University of Northampton.

She will be holding a small solo exhibtion of some of her work on Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and February 1, at Space, 3 Market Place, Brackley.

Ruth, who lives in Aynho, attended Magdelen College School in Brackley.

The exhibition will feature work from the second and third years of her degree course.

The theme of this exhibition is The Unknown Deep, and the project began as a response to a well-known 1842 painting by William Turner called Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth.

Ruth said: “I became fascinated and mesmerised with his expressive handling of the paint and how his brush marks portrayed his feelings and emotions from a real-life experience.

“It was this methodology that I wanted to echo in my own work.

“Because Turner’s painting portrayed a steamboat on its way out into the ocean, I decided to stay consistent with this concept, but chose to look within the depths of the ocean rather than the restrictions of what we can only see above it.

“After all, what would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark?

“We know that around 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered with oceans, but did you know that are hundreds of thousands of known marine life forms – many that are yet to be discovered?”

Ruth uses a technique called process marble painting, “to make the viewer feel as though they were truly within the depths of the ocean”.

The show is open 10am to 5pm on both days, with a private view on Friday, January 30, from 6.30pm to 10pm.