Susan Wright West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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An experimental printmaker using etching and other print making techniques. The work is concerned with the process of transformation of discarded and forgotten books into new printed images. The pages from books make the imagery emulating the landscape, the prints become imaginary map like places. A new 2 or 3 dimensional narrative emerges from the old books as they form a new printed landscape

I am an experimental printmaker from Halifax, using a variety of printmaking techniques including copper sulphate etching on aluminum and steel. This is incorporated with other printmaking techniques such as collagraphs, monoprint and photo lithography. Increasingly, I print on hand made paper and present work in both two and three dimensions.

My work is concerned with the process of transformation of discarded and forgotten objects into new artwork. Currently old, decaying books are used to produce printed images, these develop a narrative within my work. Books left in the landscape held stories before they were found. This repositories of ideas, knowledge and values are both lost and changed as they evolve. Moving through the print making process they develop new representations, stories and ideas.

Layers of dialogue, meaning, history and ecology are added to a previously established narrative. By using the pages from books to create the imagery, they take an active part in the finished pieces. The prints become map like, map like symbols are added to the image. They are imaginary places, a new narrative emerges.

I have recently successfully completed an MA with Leeds Arts University

Artwork

Landscape1

Medium: Etching

Two plate etching on Somerset Satin paper,

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Layers of Landscape

Medium: Three dimensional etchings on handmade paper

Etchings on handmade paper, shaped into a three dimensional wall based form. Elements of damaged and eroded book pages are incorporated into the paper. The piece consists of theree elemets which change each time they are exhibited, as the paper moves and forms in different ways.

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Contours

Medium: A series of Layered etchings

A series of two or three layered etchings, cut out to reveal the imagery below. Assembled together and framed. Somerset satin paper.

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A Nine book print

Medium: echings on handmade paper

Nine wall based etchings on home made paper which incorporates book covers and pages from the books orginally sourced to make the imagery. Printed on both sides, the presentation can be varied as can the order of the prints

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Landscape 5

Medium: Etching

Coloured etching which is from a variable edition, although the plate remains the same, the colouration is different in ecah piece. Printed on Somerset Satin paper.

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