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A Fine Line: The Printmakers

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Our current exhibition, A Fine Line, not only showcases an exceptional collection of contemporary ceramicists curated by Katherina Klug, but also features work by three outstanding print makers.

Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones will join us on the 2nd of April for our second meet and greet.

Sue Jones 

Paul Edwards 

Tracey Ashman 

Tracey Ashman

Tracey Ashman has been a printmaker for the past decade, developing a passion for the exacting and challenging processes involved in creating mono-prints, silkscreens and linocuts.

Her recent projects have been inspired by an abiding interest in textiles, a legacy from her mother who was a highly skilled dressmaker. Throughout her life, stitch has played an important role, particularly during periods of illness and recovery. She began to incorporate stitch into her printmaking in 2014, using the texture and form of stitch, both hand and machine, to create beautiful, unexpected marks.  A combination of machine stitched paper templates, machine stitched lace, dry point and chine colle evoke and explore memories from the artist’s life.

 ‘Anomaly, Series I’ is an exploration of a traumatic childhood memory: at the age of nine, Tracey underwent open-heart surgery in Papworth hospital. Her abiding memory of that period is the peaceful hours spent knitting with her mother whilst recovering. Photo stencils of hand-knitted wire and knitting needles were the starting point for developing and exploring imagery to visualize the healing aspect of stitch she experienced. This series of prints portrays the two-fold aspects of physical and emotional healing: a metaphor for growth and renewal, and a healing and mending of both mind and body.

New Anomaly X

silkscreen & linocut

 Tracey Ashman

Tracey Ashman

Anomaly IV

silkscreen & linocut

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards creates abstract screen prints that are dynamic, colourful, fluid and vibrant. Influenced by music, the micro world and the expansiveness of the universe, his work contains gesture marks with echoes of the contours of land and sea.

The prints are produced using paper and photo stencils, building up opaque and transparent bands of colour, sometimes scraping and washing the surface to reveal concealed layers. The crisp lines and edges, flowing curves and intense primary and complementary colours capture moments of larger worlds.

Oscillate III

silkscreen

Paul Edwards in his studio 

Flow VII

silkscreen

Sue Jones

Sue Jones is an artist, printmaker, tutor and consultant who is a founding organiser of the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale.

Her series Elements are photo lithographs, inspired by landscape and weather, and the constantly changing colour, atmosphere and seasons.  Everything is pared down to the basic elements and the simplest of marks.

Broken Threads are monotypes, evolving slowly over many months, layer by layer. Sue sees these works as diaries, working with and reacting to each piece like a painting. She particularly enjoys the never-ending pallet of mark making that monotype provides, and how these react with one another, sometimes with enormous contrast, sometimes with subtle sympathy. 

Broken Threads XI(ed1/1)

Monotype

Sue Jones in her studio

Broken Threads VIII (ed1/1)

Monotype

Paul Edwards, Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones at the opening  of 'A Fine Line'. 

 

A Fine Line will be on display from 11th March to 2nd April 2017 at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Tracey Ashman and Sue Jones will join us on the 2nd of April for our second meet and greet.

 

Click here to find out more about various printmaking techniques.