In Human Nature, Carruthers presents works created during her residency at New Pacific Studios in New Zealand. These paintings examine a recurrent theme in her work: how we see ourselves and how we present to others.
In the context of the natural environment of the Pukaha Mt Bruce National Park, Carruthers brings the human capacity for self-awareness and self-deceit into focus.
Utilising evocative natural features and objects from that environment, Carruthers explores the boundary between human and external natural realities, and recreates the sense-experience engendered by those realities.
When you step into the terrain explored in Human Nature you will experience one artist’s view of the contradictory nature of each individual’s interaction with the natural world.
Caroline Carruthers hopes the exhibition will provide a forum for visitors to consider how their lives affect their environment.
“(We should) reflect on how much we change our world. How a simple stroll in the bush might destroy animal habitats. How we balance our desire to preserve our environment with the need to feed and house ourselves,” Carruthers said.
Human Nature will be at the Town Hall Gallery from Wednesday 25 November to Saturday 19 December.
In Conversation – Human Nature
The artist will be discussing the exhibition with interested visitors between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 5 December.