A swirling tangle of timeline…
Earlier this year there was a moment which made my senses tingle as I saw the final print of this artwork emerge on its gorgeous paper, thanks to the printing experts at NPE Art Residency. It is my first digital fine art print in a long time, (an exclusive edition of 15, available at Intersections Gallery). I want to share with you the journey of this artwork…
I had been working on sketches and maps of connections, creating vast drawings of webbed, intersecting lines. The artwork pairs with a poem called ‘Museum of London’ by Marc Nair. With my traditional pen on paper technique I drew my ideas from the lines on our palm which some people believe map our destiny; the interconnections on a family tree or a social network which map our now and our beginnings; as well as timelines which span back into history to connect us to multiple versions of the past.
What I wanted was a swirling tangle of timeline, because I believe these things are often complex, misunderstood or forgotten. We often don’t know much about history even as we live our day-to-day on the surface of a city whilst sensing the past under our feet in a historic place – it’s presence and enormity.
I started adding in shreds of paper as well as drawn lines, building up a paper labyrinth. In the end I photographed this before digitally processing it and finally printing it on a textured paper akin to the original paper of my drawing.
So in the end, the work is really part print, part sculpture, part drawing.
I would like to introduce the two main print editions I produced at NPE: Vain Memory (Limited Edition 1 of 15), digital fine art print, 40cm x 60cm, 2016, and Bifurcations of History (Limited Edition of 15), digital fine art print, 40cm x 60cm, 2017.
Both were exhibited and currently available for sale at Intersections Gallery, Nicola Anthony.