In My Mind
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Mirror Mirror
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Traversing the Border Country
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Ruth Park


Born Australia, 2014.

education & training

2007 -Current: Doctor of Philosophy (to be completed July 2007), Southern Cross University, Lismore.
2002 Master of Fine Art, The University of Newcastle
1990 Graduate Diploma in Ceramic Design, Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne.
1981 Graduate Diploma in Education, Sydney Teachers College, Sydney
1980 Diploma in Applied Art, Charles Sturt University, Wagga.

solo exhibitions

1996 Come By Chance, Dubbo Regional Gallery.
1991 Profiling the work of Ruth Park, Dubbo Regional Gallery.
1990 To Surface, Parkville Gallery, Melbourne.

selected group exhibitions

2007 Currumbin Sculpture Festival, Swell, Gold Coast, Queensland
2006 25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
  The 11th East Coast Sculpture Show, Ballina
  A Stammer in the Language, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University
  Reflections, Back to Back Gallery, Newcastle
  What does White Look Like, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University
  Borderpolitics of Whiteness Exhibition, Carlton Crest Hotel, Sydney
  Shades of White Exhibition, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University
  Café Latté, The Mecca Cafe, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore
2005 Inner City Clay Workers Gallery, Sydney
  Currumbin Sculpture Festival, Swell, Queensland Gold Coast
  Past Winners, The 10th East Coast Sculpture Show, Ballina
  Mythmakers, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra
2004 The 22nd Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award. Gold Coast Gallery
  Regional Treasures Award, Lismore Regional Gallery
  Small, Back to Back Gallery, Newcastle
  The 9th East Coast Sculpture Show, Ballina
  Swell- Currumbin Sculpture Festival, Gold Coast Queensland
2003 Notions of the Divine, Newcastle University Gallery. Newcastle.
  The Citrus Upstairs Gallery, Byron Bay, Beautifully Bold,
  The Citrus Upstairs Gallery, Byron Bay, Something Blue
  Inverell Gallery
  The 8th East Coast Sculpture Show -Ballina
  Winner of the 2003 Beach Hotel Local Artists Award
2002 One Pi

awards & residencies

  • 2005-06, 07 Australian Post Graduate Award (APA Scholarship)
  • 2006 - Global Arts Village Residency - New Delhi
  • 2005 - Peoples Choice Award- East Coast Sculpture Award
  • 2004 - Gold Coast City Council Acquisition - Swell Sculpture Festival
  • 2003 - Local Artist Award- East Coast Sculpture Award
  • 2001 - Artist in Residence, Festival of the Stars, Coonabarabran
  • 1995 - Artist in Residence, Red Earth Festival, Dubbo


  • Bandung Geological Museum, Java, Indonesia.
  • The Queensland Museum, Brisbane
  • University of New England Antiquities Museum Collection , Armidale
  • Gold Coast City Council Collection
  • NSW Government House Collection, Sydney
  • The Lotus Temple - New Delhi, India
  • Numerous Private Collections, Australia and around the world.

selected publications

  Ruth Park, 2007, Body Language, Ceramics to Challenge the White World,
  The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol46 #1
  Ruth Park, 2005, Race Representation and Subjectivity, Journal of Australian Ceramics Vol 44/2.
2005 , The Journal of Australian Ceramics, ‘Exhibitions & Awards’ 44#1, p 68
2004 , Ruth Park, Just Let the Wind published by Kalimat Press
2003 , Pottery in Australia, National Education Pictorial Review’, Vol 42, 2
  Ruth Park, 2002, “The Aesthetics of the Female Form”, (Masters Thesis)
  Ruth Park, 2001, “In Flux”, Art to Art, Regional Gallery Newsletter, Oct-Dec, p3
  Ruth Park, 2001, “Clay Pan Gallery”, Pottery in Australia, Vol. 40, Num 4, Dec
2001 , Pottery in Australia, ‘Clay Pan Gallery’, Vol. 40, Num 4, Dec.
  Ruth Park, 1997, “Five Days from Home”, Western Institute of Tafe Journal, Dec
  Ruth Park, 1993, “Ruth Parks” El Ruisenor- English / Spanish Arts Magazine. Number 20, Dec.
2001 , Rosalea Ryan, Country Style Magazine, ‘A Hub for Creativity’, Jan/Feb
1990 , Pottery in Australia, Pictorial Review, ‘Recent Work.’
1989 , Mary Lou Pittard. Craft Victoria, ‘Regional Review Exhibition’, 10.9.

artist profile

My work explores issues associated with identity and power. To this extent the artwork highlights the individual encounter of non-Caucasian women within postcolonial Australia. Their experiences interrogate contemporary global culture in the context of national and individual identity in Australia today. My art works offer a set of interpretations and analyses of these concerns. The work examines the role of idealised images of female beauty in stating, reflecting and reinforcing social attitudes and institutional priorities. The current ideal of female beauty is determined by a dominant Western culture that defines certain Caucasian physical features of skin colour, body structure and facial characteristics as being ‘more beautiful’ than those of any other. A multiplicity of cultural productions associated with the body, its promotion and apparel reinforce this ideal. Primary research material obtained through a series of participant interviews with women from different races living within Australia have been used as the catalyst for the production of a series of artworks. These artworks critique the interviewee’s comments concerning their exclusion from mediated images of beauty and the numerous pressures each woman felt to conform to western female body ideals.