Artist laments disconnected state of world

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Making connections... Ruth Killoran with some of her completed artworks. A selection of her creations will be exhibited at the York Street Gallery of Fine Art from Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston

There is more to Ruth Killoran’s artistic creations than meets the eye.
The Christchurch artist, who will launch her next exhibition in Timaru this week, uses her skill to illustrate connections through Oamaru limestone carvings and watercolour and ink paintings.
Her upcoming exhibition “Connections”, opens at the York Street Gallery of Fine Art on Saturday.
“We are connected so well, but in some ways I feel we are very disconnected,” she said.
“We seem to have lost a lot of connections, even with all the technology we have.
“We have all these resources to be well-connected, but we are very choosy.”
It was also common for people to turn a blind eye to things they didn’t want to know about, she said.
Painting beautiful pictures was not her ultimate aim.
“My work isn’t so much about pretty pictures.
“It’s more [about] making the connection with the viewer so they feel an emotion.”
Killoran has exhibited in Timaru before, but only as part of a group at the Aigantighe Art Gallery.
“This is really my first toe in the water [as a solo artist],” she said.
“I’m hoping that [the exhibition] might get some new people that haven’t seen my work before, who might be interested in my view and how I look at things.”
Connections will be on display until June 1.