A3 Carborundum and photec or solar plate prints
Gouache and watercolour paintings
A4 Corborundum and solar or photec plate prints
Relief collage and gouache paintings
Monochrome photec and solar plate prints
Since 2012 I have been working on a project, which was supported by Arts Council Wales, based on stress, layering and cracking by looking at geology in Ynys Môn and more recently the island of Crete. I have also been interested in the similarities between aspects of geology and arboreal features such as old olive tree trunks. At the start of this project I spent much time researching photo etching and ways of combining it with more traditional methods of intaglio printmaking.
Some of the images in this exhibition are a series of intaglio prints where I have combined solar plate, carborundum and photec. In some of the prints, I have used pigments extracted from Parys Mountain to make ink. These prints are a combination of hand-painted carborundum with digitally manipulated imagery. Each coloured image has between three and five plates, overprinted in various ways and with various colours, looking for texture, translucency and opacity. The experimentation with these techniques is beginning to create a way of talking about abstraction that goes beyond the current divide between abstract and non-representational art, whilst still being grounded in the representation of nature.
The stress, layering and cracking in the printing process are analogous to processes in geology. The timeless quality of the flowing matter that created the rock that creates a timeless image. Trees too, grow in response to light and environment and their form, like rocks, is created over many years. The paintings exhibited are gouache and relief collage. The organic abstraction and the ambiguous patterns and layering I am finding in the rock formations are helping my work evolve in a new direction. It is the multi- faceted possibilities in the different variations of layering and cracking within trees and rocks that manifest in the existence of nature that are inspiring this work.
Artists as diverse as Damien Hirst, Rothko, Hunderwasser, Klimt, J. W. M. Turner, and Australian Aboriginal artists have held my interest over the years.