By Becky Gee
Becky Gee is the curator of the new collections display Watercolour At War at the Laing Art Gallery. For Becky, the most rewarding part of curating the exhibition was having the time to research artist Ruth Adams and to put on display a number of her works for the first time.
I knew very little about Ruth Adams (1893 – 1948) when I decided to include her 1937 double-sided watercolour The Eagles in the latest exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery. Watercolour at War examines the limitations faced by artists in wartime Britain and The Eagles perfectly illustrates how artists were reusing materials, Adams using both sides of the paper to experiment with seemingly entirely different ideas. It was only through a chance encounter in the paintings store at the Shipley Art Gallery, did I finally get the lead I’d been looking for, sparking a whirlwind of research that has resulted in a much clearer picture of this artist’s life, work and artistic connections.