Previous AA2A Artist

Karen Murphy

Year:
2013-14
Project summary:

(from 2008-09 residency)

Being a part of the AA2A scheme has really helped me to push my work forwards. I have been very fortunate to have access to both the glass and the print departments, and have been able to explore the possibilities of printing onto the surface of the glass.

Having this access has enabled me to investigate new techniques and different approaches to surface decoration, which would be very difficult to undertake within my own studio environment. As well as sucesses it was just as important to ascertain which print processes would not transfer to glass printing to discover the limitations and the possibilities.

In particular I have explored different techniques of surface mark making. I have loved screenprinting on to glass with ceramic enamels and sandblasting images with photo sensitive sandblast resists. Having evolved new techniques, I have now purchased the necessary equipment to be able to continue with the successful applications in my own studio.

I have found that being in the university environment has enabled me to share these techniques with many of the undergraduate students, which has been very rewarding and has helped me to maximise all the possibilities of the new processes, My final pieces have involved screenprinting on to the 2D surface and using the diamond saw to create three dimensional structural forms. My narrative inspiration has been the architectural environment, with a view to exploring how our architectural heritage acts as a record of humanity’s existence. I have explored the transparent quality of glass to investigate the negative and positive spaces acting as a metaphor for our own mortality.

Being a part of the AA2A programme has been extremely important to helping me establish myself as a practising artist and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the University of Hertfordshire.

(from 2008-09 residency)

Being a part of the AA2A scheme has really helped me to push my work forwards. I have been very fortunate to have access to both the glass and the print departments, and have been able to explore the possibilities of printing onto the surface of the glass.

Having this access has enabled me to investigate new techniques and different approaches to surface decoration, which would be very difficult to undertake within my own studio environment. As well as sucesses it was just as important to ascertain which print processes would not transfer to glass printing to discover the limitations and the possibilities.

In particular I have explored different techniques of surface mark making. I have loved screenprinting on to glass with ceramic enamels and sandblasting images with photo sensitive sandblast resists. Having evolved new techniques, I have now purchased the necessary equipment to be able to continue with the successful applications in my own studio.

I have found that being in the university environment has enabled me to share these techniques with many of the undergraduate students, which has been very rewarding and has helped me to maximise all the possibilities of the new processes, My final pieces have involved screenprinting on to the 2D surface and using the diamond saw to create three dimensional structural forms. My narrative inspiration has been the architectural environment, with a view to exploring how our architectural heritage acts as a record of humanity’s existence. I have explored the transparent quality of glass to investigate the negative and positive spaces acting as a metaphor for our own mortality.

Being a part of the AA2A programme has been extremely important to helping me establish myself as a practising artist and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the University of Hertfordshire.

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