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I embrace new technology as a tool to help generate different ways to present work. For me, technology enables new marks and languages to present ideas in ways relevant today.
Through gum bichromate printing, I have been exploring how digitally prepared negatives can be used to generate virtual images. I form still life images that are composed in Photoshop from a personal database of individual photographs of flowers and bugs. For my current Vanitas works, the gum bichromate printing allows control of the colour palette to create the aged look of old Dutch masters work, imbued with the communication of the Victorian language of flowers.
My sculptural work involves using digital models that are cut into slices to reveal excerpts of the whole. The pieces are an investigation into 3D scanning and CT scanning technologies, exploring the mark-making possibilities when presented as giclee prints or laser etched onto layers of acrylic sheet.
Technology is moving fast and the possibilities of new imagery is seemingly endless. Through my work I seek to combine and enhance the old traditional forms of printmaking with the digital age.
1993-6, BA(Hons) Fine Art, specialising in Printmaking at UWIC Cardiff.
1995, Renne, École de Beaux Arts, Brittany, France.
1997, PGCE Art and Design, UWIC Cardiff.
1998–2000, Member of Bath Artist Printmakers, Bath; tutor of Collagraph technique.
2000 onwards, Founder member and current chair of Frome Printmakers, Frome, Somerset; tutor of plate and stone lithography, gum bichromate, cyanotype, and gumoil techniques.
The Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, EX96NH
Contact: Angela Yarwood, 01395 443003
The Brook Gallery, exhibiting alongside Norman Ackroyd (9 pieces)
March 17th - June 1st 2016
Black Swan Arts Open, Frome, Somerset.
23rd October – 21st November, 2015
Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol, 163rd Open (1 piece)
4th October – 29th November, 2015
East London Photography festival, Salt and Pegram gallery, 63-65 Princelet Street, Shoreditch.
2nd October – 26th November 2015
Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol, 161st Open (1 piece)
24th November – 26th January 2013
Rook Lane Chapel, Arts Trust, Frome, Somerset; solo show of sculptures and printmaking (36 pieces)
29th March – 7th April, 2013.
Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol, 160th Open (2 pieces)
21st October – 30th December, 2012
Printmaking Today, Spring edition, 2016: 'Eliminating variables in the gum bichromate technique', double page article.
The artworks have required an initial source of information that is produced through either computerised tomography (CT) or 3D laser scanning. The digital information is the starting point for each piece and the artworks throughout this site are evidence of selectively using data to create images that provoke exploration.
I have used CT scans to form sculptures and to provide layers within printmaking. Typically, a CT scan is computerized tomography that uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of your body. It is a scanner though, which can simply be viewed as a tool to view through objects and produce a series of slices. Specialised software is needed to adapt and control the data, I chose to use Osirix software which allows manipulation of each slice, or to view the model as a whole three dimensional image. All data, however, needs to be prepared through Adobe Photoshop.
I created digital models with Advanced Simtech, a commercial digital scanning company that typically prepares 3D models of houses, crime scene investigations and re-enactments of vehicle collisions. We worked together to 3D scan a Fiat 500 and a Lambretta scooter, two iconic vehicles, from which I was able to form digital 3D models. In all, there were 40 individual scans from around and inside the Fiat 500, with 25 scans of the Lambretta. We used the Leica HDS 7000 scanner which rotates 360 degrees, capturing a million points of information per second. These scans are then pieced together to form the point cloud.
I specifically needed the information in slices to be able to form the sculptural pieces, for which they had to devise a new system. The digital preparation of the models at the point cloud stage was used to provide transparent images of the vehicles from different angles. These screen shots were further enhanced and prepared in Adobe Photoshop for giclée printing.
Please click on the thumbnails to see the scanning process.
I am a founder member of the Frome Artist Printmakers group in Frome that formed in 2000. We have excellent facilities for lithography on zinc plate, photo plate and on stone. Also, using our offset proofing press and letterpress we can produce relief printing from wood, lino or Perspex. I have developed working practises for creating images by gum bichromate using a UV light box for exposure.
The editions from the studio have involved a mixture of gum bichromate, lithography and relief printing. All presses in the studio are hand operated and all plates or blocks are hand inked. The studio works allow me to physically engage with digitally prepared artwork, using a restricted palette of primary colours the images show secondary and tertiary overlays to accentuate the selective use of digital data.
Please click on the thumbnails to see the studio.