Ruby's Room: portfolio

Anne Noble, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Wellington, Wellington Region, New Zealand in 1998-2010.
About the Work
Ruby’s Room developed between 1998 and 2007, has attracted considerable international attention for its highly original depiction of childhood. Conceived as an alternative archaeology of childhood, Anne, in association with her daughter, documented some of the many things children do with their mouths while eating and playing.

"In it's entirety, it operates on a number of levels. It is a documentation of childhood -seeing ones own child- noticing and remembering memories of one's own childhood. I was interested in overlooked moments, that when depicted might create discordant challenge to the adult romance with childhood as lost innocence etc. - They are a record of play, not a pursuit of the 'abject'.
MEMORY - like a litanythe suite suggest an..I remember, I remember, I remember as with 'a little book of relics'...the effortof blowing that first bubble, the horror on the faces of the adults when truly disgusted, dreaming, thought, soap beards in the bath, a string around a loose tooth.
...the totality of this project is the result of observation over time. Like many projects of mine the outcome is a distillation of thinking about the subject CHILDHOOD-imagination and representation, seeing and cognition, imagination and memory and the medium of photography itself." Anne Noble
This record represents a portfolio and has related works.
Large blue portfolio housing a series of 20 Anne Noble prints from the series 'Ruby's Room'. The portfolio consists of a title page, index sheet and 20 prints. The title page is signed by the artist and reads "Anne Noble// Ruby's Room// A portfolio of 20 prints from the// series Ruby's Room 1998-2007// limited to an edition of 4".
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2011
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
12 May 2011


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