“The aesthetics of my surroundings are important and this is why I create simple minimalistic prints that are visually delicate in relation to their colour and subject.
My work is a continuation of a visual journey, capturing the notion of place and time as reflected through nature and also the urban space that one inhabits.
In this image “Winter” it was early morning in an Alpine valley, there is a mist which gave a calm but cold feeling to its atmosphere. Two hours later the mist disappeared and blue skies emerged which gave very different images.”
“Erasing a line creates a line”
– the significance of erasing a line is the actual thought and perception that a line did not actually exist.
I am erasing lines through the process of woodblock, etching and aquatint, allowing the actual process of printing these various combined plates to create and erase lines.
The positive space that remains after erasing is what creates the line, the negative spaces serves as channels of energy between the traces of ink. I want to show the tension between the strong vertical lines and the more organic horizontal lines that cut across each other. I have made a conscious decision to use the square format as this increases the tension and energy found within in my lines. I have increased the scale of my final piece by allowing continuous lines to connect each image, yet they can be looked at individually.
The colours I have used are very important – the blacks that I use allow for the subtleties in the range of blacks that I have made. The green black is a reference to the seawater when daylight disappears, as too are the blue blacks (indigo) the colour of the sky as daylight disappears. I have taken both the line and colour from my surroundings.
I am responding to the process of erasing and creating line, I am not concerned with line representing something.
It has been a privilege to return to Mi-Lab - Kawaguchio for a second advanced residency, and to increase my knowledge of mokuhanga* and its possibilities within my practice. Using mokuhanga in a contemporary way has allowed me to explore news ways to print. The inspiration for my prints comes from nature's ever-changing moods especially when surrounded by mountains, clouds and water. I have used forms and colours to create a calm tension within this space. I print the same block many times, manipulating colour pigments and water to achieved this effortless emotion.
The artists and advisors here at Mi-Lab have provided an indept knowledge of mokuhanga and combined with the concentrated time for working has given me with extra confidence in this technique. It was important to do this work in Japan and experience the beauty and early morning that surrounded me each day.
* Mokuhanga – Japanese traditional woodblock printing