“Into The Hills” by Ann Rutherford
Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton
Until 28th September
An exhibition of large charcoal drawings forming a semi immersive world of stone boulders, created specifically for Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton.
This work, by Ann Rutherford, creates a theatre of rock and stone, inspired by a journey to the summit of a Pennine hill. The drawing depicts a scene where the viewer is surrounded by dark and sombre rocks. There is sculptural beauty in the rocks and the drawings are partly an exploration of the slow geological passing of time and the influence of the rain, wind and ice on the rock forms.
All the drawings are made with charcoal, a natural substance like the rock. They are unique and have been created specifically to fit the gallery walls at Mill Bridge in Skipton. They are real rock formations of gritstone, tweaked and adapted for the gallery.
Ann’s drawings invite the viewer to absorb the atmosphere of the setting and the scale of the boulders. It’s an experimental piece of art, and the rocks surrounding the viewer could be oppressive and macabre, or fascinating and beautiful.
“I wanted to create something for the gallery that would work with the space in an unconventional way. In the gallery the drawings are placed within a domestic setting that is almost medieval with the dark timber, low doorway and deep reveals of the small windows. Bringing the raw outdoors into this gentle interior space opens windows onto the outside world and the way we interact with the landscape. We look out, bring meaning to it and nurture the memory until we visit it again. Experiencing the landscape becomes a
‘We are now in the mountains and they are now in us’