Most of my recent prints are the result of many hours spent drawing in natural history collections both in the UK and abroad. I often end up spending most time in bird galleries, and have come to realise that it is pretty much impossible to invent a bird that is stranger than one that actually exists. I have also become fascinated by flightless birds, and in particular by the sad story of the extinction of the great auk. I am also interested in the ways in which specimens are displayed in museums, in particular the strange, sometimes incongruous reflections, that can appear in the glass windows of display cases.
Having previously worked mostly with screenprinting and collagraphy, last year I discovered mokulito at a workshop run by Ewa Budka, a project keyholder at East London Printmakers. Mokulito is a lithographic process that uses a wooden plate instead of the traditional stone or metal (for more information see my page What is mokulito?). Editions are small and variable, but I very much enjoy the freedom of drawing on wood and the subtle veils of colour that arise during printing. Currently I am experimenting with combining mokulito with screenprinting, as well as with polyester plate lithography. I have also started to work with etched lino.
Since 2014 I have been involved as a contributor to Ghost[ed.], a collaborative suite of eight lithographs co-ordinated by Nicole Polonsky and Sue Baker Kenton, with Gino Ballantyne, Tim Brown, Jessie Brennan, Hen Coleman and Edit Toaso. Our launch exhibition opens at Dean Clough in Halifax in June 2015, and the suite is also the subject of an article in the June issue of Printmaking Today.
I studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford, and also have an MA in Sequential Design from the University of Brighton. I grew up in London, more recently spent 10 years living in Norway, and now live in Hackney. I have a studio near London Fields and am a keyholder at East London Printmakers.
When I am not in the studio, I am most likely translating Norwegian into English or playing the bassoon in various amateur orchestras and chamber groups around London.
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