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Artist Residency at East London Printmakers

May – June 2009

www.eastlondonprintmakers.co.uk

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RESIDENCY OUTLINE
During the residency, I made intricately layered and delicately coloured screenprints in three glacial blue hues.

Print Titles:
Glacial Blue ________Density 1–6 ____Intensity 1–4
Glacial Blue-Green ___Density 1–6 ____Intensity 1–4
Glacial BlueGrey ____Density 1–6 ____Intensity 1–4


introduction
The denser glacial ice is, the bluer it appears. Inspired by this a series of screenprints were made that build colour density through the layering of ink on paper. I apply processes and configurations observed in nature to the activity of making prints – this methodology generates new ways to think about the printmaking process. Initially systematic in construction the print subsequently develops its own dynamic form.

research / field studies
Prior to the residency I worked directly from the landscape to produce a comprehensive range (over 120 to date) of small-scale colour tests and sample swatches. This preparatory work was developed during into a series of intricate larger scale prints.
Key ideas and concepts explored in the prints:

> ink as strata – suspended colour within the layers of a print
> three-dimensional colour – building depth, intensity and mass
> using the screenprinting process to create sculptural forms on a surface

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During the residency I delivered a one-day workshop titled ‘The Colour of Summer’ and gave a presentation as part of ELP’s artist talk programme.

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