Exhibition: Cicada


An exhibition by northwest coast artist Dr Troy Ruffels

Start Date

21st Sep 2012 9:00am

End Date

12th Oct 2012 5:00pm


Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Academy of the Arts, Inveresk Campus, Inveresk Cultural Precinct

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Dr Troy Ruffels is an artist based on the northwest coast of Tasmania. This exhibition brings together recent photographic and video based works made in response to the Tasmanian Landscape.

Guest opening speaker: Jane Stewart, Principle Curator of Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Exhibition opening: 5.30 - 7pm Friday 21 September 2012

Exhibition artist: Dr Troy Ruffels


"To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour"


In these lines Blake was seeking and finding equivalences for the very large and the very small and binding them together through poetry and image. Those same equivalences are to be found in Troy Ruffels recent work - but they are more subtle than a wild flower or a grain of sand. They take more searching, and they are more to do with the transitory than the infinite. There is a sense that if you look away for a moment and then let your eyes return certain shifts will have taken place. Shifts outside you. Shifts inside you." (extract: Dr Peter Hill, 2012)