AA2A Artist

Victoria Dawson

Artform:
Printmaker
Year:
2018 -19
Location:
Cambridge
Email:
vicdawson@outlook.com
Social link:
Instagram: v_ic_dawson
Project summary:

The focus of my practice is in the field of expanded printmaking; integrating journeys into the landscape to locate lost military architecture and creating print based responses to these events in the form of maps, guides and archived images. I am interested in exploring diverse areas such as heritage, preservation of site, power, surveillance and ownership of landscape.

I would like to develop my field of research into investigating decommissioned Cold War military sites and structures in East Anglia, in particular ROC (Royal Observer Corps) monitoring posts buried six foot underground, of which there are many situated in the British landscape. I aim to make contact with a former ROC officer to gain insight into the duties undertaken within these sites during the Cold War period.

To develop my practice further I intend to focus on combining printmaking with analogue photography and digital methods to explore relationships with outmoded technologies, and continue researching the use of pinhole cameras to reveal hidden rural sites and abandoned architecture.

The AA2A programme provides the opportunity to devote specific research time to a project and most importantly the access to specialist workshops and facilities to realise outcomes. 

I aim to question how military landscapes and geographies impact on our relationship with the environment and spatial understanding. Themes of forgotten regions, liminal spaces, durable presences in the landscape alongside the fragilityof structures preoccupy my practice.

 

The focus of my practice is in the field of expanded printmaking; integrating journeys into the landscape to locate lost military architecture and creating print based responses to these events in the form of maps, guides and archived images. I am interested in exploring diverse areas such as heritage, preservation of site, power, surveillance and ownership of landscape.

I would like to develop my field of research into investigating decommissioned Cold War military sites and structures in East Anglia, in particular ROC (Royal Observer Corps) monitoring posts buried six foot underground, of which there are many situated in the British landscape. I aim to make contact with a former ROC officer to gain insight into the duties undertaken within these sites during the Cold War period.

To develop my practice further I intend to focus on combining printmaking with analogue photography and digital methods to explore relationships with outmoded technologies, and continue researching the use of pinhole cameras to reveal hidden rural sites and abandoned architecture.

The AA2A programme provides the opportunity to devote specific research time to a project and most importantly the access to specialist workshops and facilities to realise outcomes. 

I aim to question how military landscapes and geographies impact on our relationship with the environment and spatial understanding. Themes of forgotten regions, liminal spaces, durable presences in the landscape alongside the fragilityof structures preoccupy my practice.

 

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