About the Works

Searush #1, 2024
Tasmanian oak, parchment

Searush #2, 2024
Tasmanian blackwood, parchment

Ruth has collaborated with printmaker Phoebe Middleton for these lamps. Inspired by folklorist Keith McKenry’s poem 'The River Songman', they depict the end of the river’s journey from the mountains to the sea. Shoreline tones on paper with tendrils of timber reflect fragile salt marshes, seaside flora and delicate habitats at risk from human activity.

About Ruth Thompson

Ruth makes furniture for galleries and commissions in the Southern Highlands, NSW, after many years as a high school teacher. She aims to create visually complex works using simple elements and is influenced by the minimalist Shaker and Bauhaus movements. Ruth has created commissions for national and international collections, and undertook a Churchill Fellowship in a furniture design at The Royal College of Art, London.

Image top: Ruth Thompson, Searush #1 (detail), 2024. Photo: Peter Thompson