11 Wednesday 11th June 2014
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I like to work quite intuitively between different processes of printmaking and painting, though drawing is always the starting point for my work. I try not to restrict myself by typical ideas of narrative or concept. I try to make images that can’t be easily described with words, almost like a visual language. Screen printing is often just a method of reproducing an image, but I find it can be a great process for creating original work. I tend to only plan one layer at a time and make last minute decisions on position, colour etc, resulting in a lot of one off or slightly varied editions of prints.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had a lot of chances to travel which is always a huge source of inspiration, always looking out for interesting structures to use in my images. I see a relation in my work to the more experimental side of electronic music, particularly in the way forms are layered and spaced out to create compositions. Also, Paul Klee’s theory of taking “a line on a walk” is a big influence at the moment.
I’ve got one year left on a Fine Art degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. After that I just wan’t to be in a position where I can keep making as much work as possible. Getting my hands on my own screen print studio would be a dream, though I haven’t quite worked out a way to fund that yet. I recently painted a series of murals at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, which was a great experience and a totally new way of working for me. I’m planning doing much more of that kind of thing in the near future.
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