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The Redefining Print Project was set up by the Double Elephant
Print Workshop. Five artists who worked across other art media
were invited to create new work by exploring new definitions of
printmaking. Alongside these artists ten other members from the
Double Elephant Print Workshop were selected to produce an edition
of forty five prints. 'Heron' was my selected print for the project. It was
a multi block linocut consisting of five individual blocks.
These prints formed part of a boxed set called The Exeter Portfolio and
an exhibition by all artists was held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum
A Symposium was also held where the commissioned artists delivered talks
together with invited guest speakers.
Absence and Presence is a printmaking response to the bombing of
Al Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad where on the 5th March 2007 a car
bomb exploded outside the Shahbandar café. Many people were killed
and injured in this attack which struck at the heart of this cultural and literary
epicentre. This printmaking response runs alongside other projects such
as the Broadside and Bookarts projects. An anthology of poems
Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here was also written to commemorate and mourn
the loss of life and the destruction of the written word.
My print Coffee at the Shahbandar Cafe (Linocut & Screenprint 2014) responds
to the simple act of sharing conversation and coffee within a rich cultural
environment. The blood and black ink pour from the spout of the coffee pot
mirroring the loss of life and literary ideas that burned on that day. They pool
over the anthology of poems which heaves with the grief and despair written
within its pages and yet its presence signifies hope that these losses will not
I was one of many artists who contributed a piece of work to a lockdown project which culminated in an animated encounter as a response to Riddle 57 from the The Exeter Book. The Exeter Book is a tenth century anthology of old English poetry and recognised by Unesco as one of the world's principal cultural artefacts.
For more information visit the Double Elephant website.
The woodcut I made referenced prompts translated by Jacob Polley.
"...little things lifted, carried, borne aloft, transmitted, wheeled, wafted, floated."
"...a hillside, a slope, a craggy hill, a steepness, a rise, an incline, an angle."
"... a woody headland, and arboreal cape, a forest outcrop, a grove, a glen, overgrown, green."
"...the blackest things".
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