Cartography I has been shortlisted for this year’s John Ruskin Prize and will be shown alongside the work of the other 25 nominated artists at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield between 21st June and 8th October. The 2017 exhibition has a theme of the ‘Artist as Polymath’ and the jury have selected a shortlist of artists and makers whose works cross boundaries, take a multidisciplinary approach and bring together varying techniques and materials. I have found that such an approach to work has been essential to bring together concept and visual aesthetics. My work has become progressively more involved and complex over the years as I have introduced printmaking techniques and leather work into my practice. The pieces are a true labour of love and take a long time from inception to creation, often involving more than one printmaking process before they are bound into books. It is wonderful to receive recognition for this work in being nominated for the prize and I am looking forward to seeing the other shortlisted artworks as the theme promises an eclectic mix of innovative and unique art. For more information, click on the image below to visit the official site.
“Cartography I” uses abstract imagery to evoke ideas of mapping and is part of a series of works that explore ideas of human existence and a sense of place through symbols and technique. I often consider place and its meaning to an individual in my work. Tradition, both familial and cultural, lie at the heart of my artistic practice and in many instances I am considering memory and knowledge and how this is transferred across generations. Mapping is used as a way of making sense of our environment and enables us to share that understanding. This piece considers this concept on both a physical and emotional level. It uses the book structure, a sculptural form, the imagery and the method of making marks through etching and relief printmaking to support its meaning. The printmaking processes employed aid concept within the pieces as the permanent marks made by tools and techniques evoke ideas of retained memories and the repetition of image alludes to the idea of intergenerational traditions. There are two variations of Cartography, both with an edition of three.