In association with the Petworth Festival and as part of the festival’s 1918/2018 anniversary strand, Kevis House Gallery presents an exhibition by artist Ruth Dent who uses ‘colour and gesture to express her emotional response to music, literature and nature’.
Inspired by Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, itself a biting response to the horrors of the First World War, Dent “endeavours to capture the spirit of the music and words, as this monumental piece moves along its journey, always bearing in mind the cost to humanity”. The eight prints measure 33cm x 50cm, and are printed in an edition of 10 on handmade paper from Moulin de Larroque, Couzes, France. Each is individual due to the nature of the paper and the printing process. This element is important to Dent as “the handmade paper represents human skill and individuality – just as every soldier was an individual, loved by their friends and family for being themselves”.
The exhibition will run throughout the festival from Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 4.30pm, and the artist, will talk about her work at brief informal presentations at 11am and 2.30pm on Saturday 21 July and Saturday 4 August. Full details can be found at www.kevishouse.com.
Ruth Dent, Dies Irae II. Multiple layered screenprint finished with linocut.