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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Foyer Display: Andrew Carter & Helen Ireland

‘Float’ & ‘Black and Blue’, handprinted on Japanese paper, 120cm x 45 cm, 2019, collaborative linocut prints by Andrew Carter & Helen Ireland

St Martin-in-the-Fields is home to several commissions and permanent installations by contemporary artists. We also have an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, as well as a group of artists and craftspeople from the St Martin’s community who show artwork and organise art projects on a temporary basis. One of the initiatives from this group is a changing display of work by the group members or artists linked to the group. Each month a different artist shows examples of their work, so, if you are able, do return to see the changing display.

‘Float’ was made in response to a walk along Studland and Shell Bay in Dorset, watching and collecting pieces of seaweed as they washed up and floated in the tide. Helen made a series of drawings from the sea weed and then we both cut the blocks and printed them with transparent ink so that the shapes would appear as layered, delicate traces. This piece was printed over a part of the second, splash print.

‘Black and Blue’ came about through a process of experimentation with making transient marks. Splashing, dripping, throwing and making spontaneous ink marks became the basis of this careful and slowly made print. This piece is about different types of time. A quick emotional response made slowly. The overlaying of two strong colours feels bold and all of the accidental markings have become deliberate and permanent.

Both works are made by the two of us; shared response, shared drawing and cutting blocks, choosing colour and printing. All takes time and requires decision making and working together. It has been an exciting challenge and these are the results. Both prints are Artists’ Proofs from an edition of 20.


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