Over the last five years Ruth Cleland has studied the floors, walls, and ceilings at her local supermarket and its adjacent car park.
For this exhibition, Cleland has selected paintings and drawings from this supermarket series that focus on the patchwork of terrazzo flooring featured in the refrigerated and bakery aisles.
Such details would likely go unnoticed as shoppers carry out their weekly routine in search of items to add to their trolley.
Cleland draws our attention to this well trodden surface by presenting a close-up view that oscillates between realism and abstraction; each stone chip, paint mark, stain, scuff, crack, and light reflection painstakingly rendered by hand.
This play between abstraction and the representational is further explored in two multi panel works where photorealist compositions are placed alongside panels featuring colour fields and grids.
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