Ruth Dent: Shifting Sand
A series of 6 prints created whilst experimenting with imagery found in the first of Arnold
Schoenberg’s ‘Four Songs’, Opus 2, prior to working on a painting.
Entitled ‘Ewartung’ (Anticipation) this is a poem by Richard Dehmel, and the song is sung in
German. I was invited to draw during the performance at Finchcocks. Afterwards I spoke with the singer about how it feels to sing the song and discussed the poem.
Opals are a key element and I wanted to explore the movement and light found in opals.
Screenprinting using highly textured handmade paper I worked with an open screen and small squeegees to enable me to explore different methods of mark making to create a sense of movement.
The series is called ‘Shifting Sand’ as opals are a simple combination of silica and water, the colour seen in opals being created by the interference of the passage of light through the stone by the presence of small spheres of silica gel.
A series of six mono-screenprints.
Each measures 26 x 66 cm and is printed on Moulin de Larroque 250gsm Lys.
Framed size: 38 x 80cm.