Nae Sums

Ruth Ewan


About the edition

Ruth Ewan’s work involves collaboration and participation, working with historians, activists, school children, musicians or composers she organises and creates diverse project-based works in the form of drawings, events, printed matter and installation. The artist describes her work as ‘conceptually led but socially realised’, referencing both recent and distant progressive histories.

For her DCA exhibition Brank & Heckle in 2011 she created an installation using wood from reclaimed Dundee school desks. The words Nae Sums cut from the wooden desk surface referenced the 1911 student strikes through which young people demanded a half day holiday and less homework. Many children in Dundee were forced to work in the jute mills, as well as go to school. This gesture is restated in her print edition in which the same words Nae Sums are deep embossed and then coated with a brown ink, reminiscent of the wooden school desks.

Year 2012
Edition of 30
Media Screenprint on Somerset Textured white (300gsm) paper
Dimensions 50 x 56cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Ruth Ewan

Ruth Ewan was born in 1980 in Aberdeen, studied at Edinburgh College of Art and lives and works in London. Recent solo projects include Billboard for Edinburgh, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Dreadnoughts Chisenhale, London, These Airwaves Neutralise the Tools of Oppression, Frieze Projects, London, Fang Sang, Nought to Sixty, ICA, London and Did You Kiss the Foot that Kicked You?, Artangel London.

Recent group projects include Weighted Words, Zabludowicz Collection, London, Volatile Dispersal, Whitechapel Gallery, London, The Unsurpassable Horizon, No Soul for Sale, Tate Moden, London and Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York.

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