Ruth Trevarrow / Bare Bones
March 3, 2011 - April 10, 2011

Painter Ruth Trevarrow dares us to see the lush beauty in bare bones, with a collection of powerful shapes and lines distilled from skeletal remains.

Artists’ Reception / Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 4 to 6 pm
Artists’ Talk / Sunday, March 20, 2011 from 4 to 6 pm

Biography / Ruth Trevarrow is a Washington painter and printmaker. A Marylander by birth, she has been working and exhibiting in the Washington area for over twenty years. Trevarrow’s work has been seen at the District of Columbia Arts Center, the Watkins Gallery at American University, 505 Gallery, Artspace, Warehouse Gallery, Nevin Kelley Gallery, and other venues.

Artists’ Statement / Near-abstract shapes emerge from whale vertebrae. The ghosts of animals appear and vanish. Bones are distilled to line and curve. Art often seeks the place between abstract and concrete. Trevarrow goes rummaging through the natural world to find that intersection. The shapes in this exhibition are the trace left behind, the stark remainder and reminder of our dwindling natural world. Trevarrow spent the past year studying marine mammal bones at the Smithsonian Institution’s own ossuary—the Osteo Prep Lab. That sojourn inspired the direction taken for the work in this exhibition.