This edition of etchings is based loosely on a view from my flat in Bow, East London during the most recent UK lockdown. It depicts a high-rise building and its surroundings amidst a cloudy, late-evening sky.
Lately, I have been focusing on the qualities of different types of space and their abilities to represent our necessary adaptations to a new way of life. I have been particularly interested in the tensions that arise within the simultaneity of being both home-bound individuals in private households and constituent members of broader communities for which we are responsible.
It is one of my first forays into sugar-lift etching, a process which involves painting with a sugar solution onto a metal plate, in this case copper, after which the plate is coated with a resist. It is then bathed in water and the sugar lifts the resist away from the plate in places to expose the metal. The plate is then aquatinted and etched using ferric chloride, and can then be printed.
'High-Rise' (2021) | Sugar-lift etching with aquatint and chine-collé on 300gsm Somerset Satin Soft White | 28.5cm x 38.5cm | Edition of twelve and two artist proofs (APs) | 3/12 to 12/12 & both APs available, 1/12 & 2/12 SOLD