Dark Side Art Lab: Carol Emmas and Ruth White: Two Photographers Fathoming Time
Venue: Dark Side Art Lab
Dates: 09/08/2019 - 06/09/2019
Times: 11:00 - 17:00
Dark Side Art Lab and The Cube
Carol Emmas and Ruth White: Two Photographers Fathoming Time
Curated by John Hyatt
9 August – 6 September 2019
Open to the public 11.00 – 5.00 every Thursday and Friday
Carol focuses on creating abstract photographic works and imaginary landscapes through the exploration of texture and light. She is an artist studying for a practice-led MA by Research in Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the representation of contemporary art photography in curatorial spaces. Her first degree was in Modern History and she became an historical researcher and co-wrote Florence Maybrick – The Last Victim (Hodder-Headline, 1999). Carol then became a news and wine journalist for Harpers magazine. Six years ago, she returned seriously to photography. She is represented by Guilford-based, Art Vogue Gallery. She writes reviews for Art in Liverpool. In 2017, she was invited to speak at their conference by the Royal Photographic Society. She has been invited to speak again in 2019 and will be featured in Royal Photographic Society Journal in the Autumn.
Driven by her working-class upbringing in Liverpool, Ruth White has spent the last four years carrying out a practice led investigation into the role of the photobook in representing the British Working Classes Since 1975, for a fully funded PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University. Ruth completed a Fine Art Degree (specialising in drawing, painting and print making) in 2002 at Wirral Metropolitan College, where she was taught by Mike Knowles, a former student of William Coldstream at the Slade School of Fine Art and a Welsh landscape painter. She then spent several years working in pubs and call centres before training to become a primary school teaching assistant. After two years as a teaching assistant she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Art at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 2009. Difficulty in securing a permanent teaching position led to the opportunity to complete a Masters in Fine Art at LJMU in 2011, for which she investigated working class identity, the family and mental health through performance, video and textiles and then onto a partially funded Masters in Research in Art and Design at LJMU in 2012, for which she investigated social class in the art of Gillian Wearing and was awarded the faculty prize.