MA Fine Art Printmaking, The Royal College of Art, London
By etching into, and also painting onto mild steel, I am able to control what is shown and what is implied, and the inconsistencies between the double image, the etched and the painted, become representative of the breakdown of memory; certain aspects remain, fully formed and vivid, others fade and distort or disappear entirely.
I also find the tendency of steel to rust has a lot of artistic possibilities; as well as being literally representative of the passage of time, the oxidisation itself can be used in a painterly way, to create tones ranging from grey/brown to vibrant orange. I have used this to create a colour field on which the figure is isolated but also the inverse, where the figure eventually decays (rusts) as the inconsequential periphery remains, again using the idea of the dissolution of memory.
Blueprint (print publication in conjunction with exhibition, as above), March 2003
WAR Comic, RCA Printmaking Publication, April 2003