All posts filed under “Lacuna

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Naipi and Taroba (2013)

Naipi and Taroba (2013), looped projection onto handmade book cover In this piece, part of The Day Remains_ii at the Peltz Room Gallery at Birkbeck School of Art (43 Gordon Square, WC1H) I am continuing to work with liminal spaces. The projection of the waterfalls… Read More

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Casper’s Forests

forestmade3These are test pieces following on from an earlier project I have been working on about the Alkali Act of 1863. I am interested in the layering that occurs with a collage of acetone transfers on Japanese papers and the sense of depth they create- these images while referring to a forest, symbolic of the sublime in the 18th century (Casper David Friedrich), here represent a dying or disappearing canopy of trees and denotes mankind’s ambiguous relationship with nature and the traces of the human that continue to shape our landscapes.

IMG_2527This piece has been selected for the London Group Centenary Show, together with a show reel of 6 other pieces. The show will take place from the 28th May 2013 for two weeks.

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Arkadia

mountainprinted1This piece was chosen for the Celeste Art Prize for photography: Lapsus. I was chosen as the first prize winner. The exhibition takes place in Florence at Fondazione Studio Marangoni’s gallery space from 16th May- 15th June 2013.

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My work in DIS/ PLAY 1

Working through ideas of sliding screens, landscapes that alter with display and positioning, I have created a series of hand made book covers with silkscreen colour field prints and photographic transfer collages. The bleached out colours slide in front of the photographic images, variously obscuring… Read More

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DIS/PLAY

An exhibition of Printmaking and Book Arts at Camberwell College, 3rd Floor Studios- The first of a three part series called DIS/PLAY including a participatory review with all artists and a chance to present a new piece of work  

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projections into the night

  Testing out projections of the clouds film in the night onto different surfaces- part of a new project bringing sublime moments to urban settings- in an ongoing collaboration with Giuseppina Esposito as part of Hung, Drawn and Altered curatorial series- Hung, Drawn and Altered,… Read More

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How deep is your love

Using sugar lift techniques on steel plates, printed onto Japanese paper and mounted on hand made book covers, the liquid outlines of the ‘drawing’ or painting are repeated in different configurations. These are paired back from images of lakes (lacuna 1/2) and become small worlds… Read More

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Lacuna_VictoriaAhrens_2012

Lacuna_VictoriaAhrens_2012

Lacuna– 6 photo-collages on handmade book covers

Lacuna, refers to a neurological condition- a gap in our memory- that often occurs after trauma. It  also references the etymology of the word ‘lake’ : lacuna/ae (Latin).  Here the images are all of vanishing and reappearing lakes (Loughareema, in Ireland- Bernardo O’Higgins, in Chile- Lake Jackson, Florida- Lake Peigneur, in Louisiana)-  a metaphor for remembering and forgetting. These bodies of water have changed their status as a result of man-made environmental factors (reservoirs built, mines and oil platform collapses, melting glaciers, roads). The ‘gaps’ in memory are also found in the making of the piece. Here six photo-transfers are scanned and reprinted onto book paper, then mounted on cardboard and book cloth. Each layer reduces the surface of the original, while picking up textured remains on the surface of the scanner and on the surface of the paper. The printed palimpsests work together with small archaeological symbols that refer to the unusual geological features of each lake.

I have been researching archaeological drawings for this piece- they are extraordinary drawn records of the layers of an archaeological site- often created free hand with each layer drawn as it is found on a particular kind of tracing paper. The layers are then put together to form a single image. Also the symbols used to denote different terrain or objects found is like a language in its own right and fascinating to look at from a purely aesthetic point of view.

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In order to get to this as a final image, I first went through a multitude of different versions, on tracing paper, transparent paper, moving the ink around the surface of the transfer. Although these were interesting experiments, I ended up coming back to the… Read More