I use the traditional technique of stone lithography in my printmaking. This technique allows for a wide range of expressive mark-making, from the most refined lines to the most dramatic smudges and streaks. To quote David Lynch, the American film maker, “When you have a stone, you have the chance tohave things interacting in an organic process… There’s what the technique can do, there’s magic that comes in and you can never know it completely”. The Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop has excellent facilities for this form of printmaking.
Scion House Exhibition
I worked on a sequence of prints centred on interior/exterior aspects of space, focusing on the famous Schindler House in Los Angeles. This project was originally inspired by the work of Japanese photographer, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and was shown in an exhibition at Stirling University.
Red Tree Exhibition
A series of prints and mono-prints inspired by the historic atmosphere of Stirling Castle, and the houses around it. I was interested in how we live unknowingly in streets and places heavy with history and the memories and emotions of all those who have gone before. I believe the stones contain these memories.
A series of lithographs inspired by the shapes of scrap materials – in this case the storage corners of radiators which suggested architectural shapes to me. In real life this packaging is a rich cherry red, but these drawings are in black and white.
Using one image on the lithographic stone and gradually erasing it. I am using a detail from a woodblock print by Japanese artist Utamaro (1753-1806), given special meaning because my mother had loved these prints. I began by making a comprehensive tonal image, and then worked on the stone by erasing and scraping it and taking prints at each stage until it was not much more than a trace.