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Handmade, original prints exploring emotional connections to place.

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Artist Statement

Inked up etching plate featuring natural materials

Peeling back the paper from the plate is a magical moment, the big reveal; the answer to the question, the prompting of more questions.  This is what fascinates me about printmaking and why I choose to explore my connection to place through the medium of print. 

My work is rooted in places I feel connected to, most regularly the Swinley Forest, which borders my village.  I record the changing seasons, the transience and vulnerability of the natural world and consider the impact of humans on our changing landscape.  Human desire to exert control over the landscape and nature’s possibility of evading that control is fascinating, particularly in the context of a forest managed for timber production.

The technical side of printmaking requires patience and practise, yet it is an artform which lends itself to experimentation.  At the core of my practice is a deep-rooted desire to experiment, explore and ask ‘what happens if…?’.  Experimenting with a range of printmaking techniques means they inform each other, whilst using a practice-based research approach leads to new ways of looking at the landscape and so process and experience become cyclical.

Watch a 5 minute film about my practice. 

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Exhibitions

See Events page for full details of exhibitions as well as upcoming craft fairs and other in person events

 2024

'Planet Earth: Our Fragile Home' South Hill Park, Bracknell

MA Arts Programme Graduate Show UAL Central Saint Martins, London 

(see showcase for background information)

 2023

'Grotto' UAL Central Saint Martins & Coal Tip Yard, London 

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair The Fireworks Factory, London

Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Competition London

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition Inbe Art Space, Japan

'Spring Exhibition' The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

‘The University of the Arts London’ Gallery Takeover, The Paxton Centre, London

Central Saint Martins MA Arts Programme Interim Exhibition Trinity Wharf, London

 

2022

Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Competition London

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair The Fireworks Factory, London

'Making Marks' Royal Berks Hospital, Reading 

'Wild Surrey' Lightbox Gallery, Woking

 

2021

Southbank Printmakers Mini Print Competition London

Tide Lines II awarded the Lucie Green Printmakers Prize

'About Time' The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair The Fireworks Factory, London

D31 Art Prize Longlisted, Online

'Makings' Adams Gallery, Reigate

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