Soul Poles

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Skippy Soul Pole 90 x 10cm

5 Lockdown Soul Poles 235 – 180 x 10 cm

I am using coppiced hazel cordwood as my canvas which stand in the landscape as a metaphor for human intervention. The variety of marks are informed by a meditative process while living alongside a habitually familiar character in unusual circumstances. I have drawn contour lines to represent the landscape and its affects on our mood changes, structured by uncontrolled events. Chalk paint allows the stem to breathe and to continue its cyclical journey through to decomposition.


  1. Sarah Jones on August 21, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Ruth
    A friend of mine told me about your soul poles and I am so happy to be connected with them. I’m just finishing my MA and have been doing Day Posts which are paint on sweet chestnut posts each completed within a two hour silent meditation performance at my MA Show. there is such resonance between our work it is quite extraordinary. I would love to talk to you about your work and send you pics of mine if you are interested. I’m based here in Malvern Worcestershire.
    hoping you are well and creating more of your beautiful work.
    With kindness
    Sarah Jones

    • ndane on August 21, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Sarah
      Thank you for your interest in my soul Poles.
      Yes I would be interested to see images of your chestnut meditations.
      Good luck with your MA
      Best wishes

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