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always had a tendency to make sculptural work, I find it difficult to make a
print and leave it untouched. I'm always eager to pierce holes, emboss the
surface or cut with a scalpel. As a printmaker I am interested in the
construction and reconstruction of prints. I see the potential to 'reproduce'
images - like nature’s ability to regenerate; it is the force of controlling
impermanence. Printmaking is a reproduction process; it is a way of making a
multiple, a way of reproducing an image over and over again.
images I produce are one-off pieces, made up of thousands of multiples. Each
tiny 'spore' is printed using hand drawn stencils exposed on to a screen. The
screenprinted spores are printed on to fragile Japanese paper. I reproduce the spores
until I have thousands of them, often in variations of colours and tones. Each
tiny 'spore' is hand cut with a scalpel and attached to a pin. I construct the
work by pushing these pins in to a background image either made through
screenprint or woodcut. It allows
me to control the growth of the image, allowing for different parts of the
image to be seen at different levels. Making the work is like watching the
cells of growing mould multiply. The labour intensive, obsessive process is an
integral part of my practice. The cutting and piercing is irreversible and
destructive, and it mimics the precarious, fragile state of the natural world.