An exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Ruby and Gwenna Green
In 2013 Gwenna and Ruby, saw Netherlandishe Proverbs painted by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 1559. The painting is of a village scene, in which people and animals represent over 100 Dutch language proverbs describing the foibles of humanity.
The work generated a discussion around the idea of proverbs and sayings; the ones we have grown up with that reflect our culture and values and others picked up and adhered to as we navigate through our lives; they constitute a shared foundation, a communal pathway to self-enlightenment. As a mother and daughter we continued to think about the ways in which proverbs and other forms of shared knowledge come to bear on our lives, and the idea for a joint exhibition slowly manifested, each of us approaching this more broadly. Gwenna went back to Breugel’s Netherlandishe proverbs, absorbing their folkloric logic, honoring their tradition of re-telling. Ruby took a different approach, looking to the ways in which she and four of her friends seek or take part in forms of communal knowledge.
Image: Gwenna Green, Grabs by the fish by the tail, earthenware underglaze brushwork; 35 x 35 cm