AA2A Artist

Paulette Bansal

Year:
2022-23
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‘A fingerprint, scratch or trace of handwriting marks a memory in time, a memory that is personal and dear’. I am currently undertaking a new and personal direction in my work tracing the history of a collection of objects inherited from my late father. Deeply rooted within cataloguing, conservation, and archives, I have started to meticulously record the varying marks and handwriting mainly through drawing and printmaking. The resulting work will not only act as a personal remembrance but create a unique insight into their past.

My initial experimentation of this subject matter will be through intaglio printmaking using both etching and collagraph plates and chine Colle. I want each object or set of objects to lead to multiple series of prints.

I am hoping that AA2A experience will enable me to develop and consider some of this current work on a much larger scale. Use of the large etching press at the university will facilitate this process and provide the much-needed confidence to tackle work at different scales that may aid applications to more prestigious open opportunities such as the Woolwich Print Fair or Bankside Gallery.

My initial main aim will be to work towards a very different exhibition opportunity in April 2023 at a heritage swimming baths in Manchester. This is a unique space inside a heritage swimming pool, and therefore very challenging regarding scale.

I am only just starting to consider an approach for this but need to initially explore making work at a much larger scale to trial ideas out in this venue first to consolidate a plan of action.

The exhibition opportunity may involve working alongside other exhibiting artists, and I hope that the AA2A experience will also open pathways to meet, exchange ideas or collaborate with other artists.

‘A fingerprint, scratch or trace of handwriting marks a memory in time, a memory that is personal and dear’. I am currently undertaking a new and personal direction in my work tracing the history of a collection of objects inherited from my late father. Deeply rooted within cataloguing, conservation, and archives, I have started to meticulously record the varying marks and handwriting mainly through drawing and printmaking. The resulting work will not only act as a personal remembrance but create a unique insight into their past.

My initial experimentation of this subject matter will be through intaglio printmaking using both etching and collagraph plates and chine Colle. I want each object or set of objects to lead to multiple series of prints.

I am hoping that AA2A experience will enable me to develop and consider some of this current work on a much larger scale. Use of the large etching press at the university will facilitate this process and provide the much-needed confidence to tackle work at different scales that may aid applications to more prestigious open opportunities such as the Woolwich Print Fair or Bankside Gallery.

My initial main aim will be to work towards a very different exhibition opportunity in April 2023 at a heritage swimming baths in Manchester. This is a unique space inside a heritage swimming pool, and therefore very challenging regarding scale.

I am only just starting to consider an approach for this but need to initially explore making work at a much larger scale to trial ideas out in this venue first to consolidate a plan of action.

The exhibition opportunity may involve working alongside other exhibiting artists, and I hope that the AA2A experience will also open pathways to meet, exchange ideas or collaborate with other artists.

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