Last year, when I was on a residency in China, I made a series of fifty water-based woodblock prints (mokuhanga prints) which ended up becoming an animation called Smiley Rock.

Smiley Rock still frame

The technique of printing successive thin layers of watercolour is called bokashi and some of the frames for the animation were made from progressive stages of the printing process. I took photos of the print, while printing fresh layers of colour, so that you can see how the colour builds up. I edited the piece in the Royal Academy Schools in Piccadilly, London, and talented musician Eliot Kennedy made the music for me.

Smiley Rock frame being photographed for the animation

The animation is currently being shown in West Yorkshire Print Workshop, as part of their group show called Japan, until 1 September. Read about the show here or at https://www.wypw.org/blog/japan/

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Smiley Rock is also coming with me to the IMPACT conference in Santander, Spain next month… I’ll be showing the animation alongside some of the frames. Watch this space!

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You can watch the animation here or go to https://vimeo.com/237974015

 

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In December, I decided to award myself a fictional mini residency in East London Printmakers (the studio where I am usually technician and teacher) and spent 9 solid days in December making new prints as a response to those created in August. These are inspired by photos from the Crow’s Shadow archives which depict members of the confederated tribes of the Umatilla from the past hundred years. What I am interested in is the way clothes are like a sort of skin or mask to the body, concealing as well as revealing history and attitude. My mask prints of the past couple of years have also been exploring identity; now this series removes the facial features from individuals altogether.

These are vinyl relief prints printed with sakura oil based black ink on imperial sized somerset satin paper.

The work will be displayed in a solo show coming up in West Yorkshire Print Workshop in mid Feb to late March. I’ve decided to call the show Chasing Tales.