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Suspended Reality

Lovable ceramic and graphite pups awaiting adoption


Penny Ruthberg has developed this body of work as a response to the coronavirus pandemic and media reports revealing that during 2020, Australian animal shelters had a surge in dog adoptions. The drawings and ceramics in Penny’s exhibition capture the experience of physical and psychological isolation. Her work echoes the sensation of being caught in limbo and feelings of vulnerability. The exhibition also explores the tension during lockdown between physical distancing and the need for companionship.

Please join us on opening night for drinks with the artists:

5:30 – 6:30pm, Friday 11th June 2021.

Please note that current Tasmanian Government COVID restrictions for gatherings, density and social distancing will be in place.

Location: The Packing Room, IXL Atrium (25 Hunter Street, Hobart)

The exhibition will be open week days 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am- 5pm, 12th June – August 2021


Penny is a multidisciplinary artist whose work investigates the emotional bond between humans and canines and explores the deep connections between the species. Her art practice investigates the expression of what it is to be human as evident in the symbolic representation of dogs throughout history and across cultures in language, literature, visual arts and mythology.

Penny completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Printmaking) in 2013 and has participated in solo and group shows within Tasmania and Australia as well as national and international residencies.

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Suspended Reality

The Henry Jones Art Hotel
25 Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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