I thought this may be of interest to anyone who has been following my progress online. Over at MMU, myself and the other AA2A's are working towards our end of residency group exhibition at the university this September/October. Each of us were required to submit a proposal/statement outlining our thoughts and ideas for the upcoming show..
An exploration of the obese female body with a focus on mass, weight and disproportionate form through mark making. My project has been focused on the creation of artificial forms with indeterminate sex, species or context through collage, drawing & printmaking.
I have selected an image and have sought to visualize this 2D image as a tangible 3D form through a series of individual frames within a 360° rotation. I am looking to exhibit a series of A2 etchings mounted directly onto a wall and placed side by side horizontally.
For over two years now I have been considering taking a more abstract approach to the female nude within my practice. So having recently been granted the opportunity to work alongside Manchester Metropolitan University I thought what better time than now?..
I am currently working on a series of A4 etching plates depicting bloated, abstract representations of the female form. I was very enthusiastic to take advantage of the universities printmaking facilities as I thought perhaps my style of drawing would be complimented by this printmaking technique. But as it had been over six years since my last visit to a print studio I was a little nervous. It took me a few weeks to get to grips with the techniques and machinery (lots of upside down plates, ink on clothing and mimed swear words) but three months on I finally feel my ideas are definitely coming together.
I have created and printed from four etching plates so far but over the coming months I am hoping to double my time spent at the university and get cracking on producing a large collection of A4 etching prints (each print of a different image). Now that I am familiar with the etching process I hope to soon move up to A2/A1 sized steel plates to create much bigger prints as I find the A4 format a little restrictive. I have also begun to combine both drawing and etching by doodling ontop of some of my (less succesful) prints as a way of extending the fleshy mass within the image.
Anyway, here's one of my favourite prints. Any feedback is very welcome! More images can be found in my 'MMU: Work in Progress 2011/12' folder back on my main profile page. Thanks for reading.