The open portfolio I am submitting for inclusion in IMPACT 11 shows a small collection of artists books and prints representative of my current art practise both in regards to conceptual concerns and technical processes.
Since 2001, I have had an ongoing project of compiling an archive of images relating to the ground underfoot, which forms an active phenomenological lexicon of my life-world. This source material predominately develops into prints, artists’ books and soft sculptures that examine moments of the every day and investigate the intersection of public and private space. The use of text forms an intrinsic layer to the majority of my final works as it further discusses an inability to catch a moment in time, giving hints only.
Chosen deliberately are technical processes that are repetitive and labour intensive which hopefully act to slow down the increasing instantaneous act of recording images while at the same time seek to give weight to spaces often overlooked. Materials and processes used include: photopolymer photogravure, solvent transfer, hand colouring with coloured pencil, letterpress, copperplate etching and hand-copied typed letterforms and/or handwriting that is transferred onto the work using carbon or chalk paper.
Along with the selection of works that can be seen in part through the submitted images, I would also include within the portfolio a small amount of new work that is currently in process. This work continues to use the ground underfoot to record spaces that are unfamiliar and juxtapose these with those that seem familiar.