Ruth Rosengarten »

aromas de urze e de lama


(Scent of Heather and Mud). Pen drawing, collage, indian ink, acrylic and watercolour on paper, various sizes, 2008.

These were drawings made in 2007-8 from photographs taken in the 1979-80 in a rural parish in the Alto Minho province of Portugal, where my then husband, João de Pina Cabral, was doing the fieldwork for his doctoral thesis. He ubsequently published this work as monograph. This was one of the most miserable and alienating times of my life – newly married, I’d been thrown into a community in a passive role, and being quintessentially an urban creature, from – and in – a foreign country, I felt estranged and vaguely hostile.  But I was glad to be able to put the snapshots to some use decades later. Misery recollected in tranquility! The drawings were made in a cottage, where my husband Ian and I were staying while the house we were having built was being completed: an exciting time. The drawings were published in João’s book, Aromas de Urze e de Lama, Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2008.

Exhibited at the Ethnographic Museum, Lisbon, 2008.