New Work & #artistsupportpledge

New Work

It’s been quite a productive start to the year for me, and I have realised that the artist residency I did in Japan in 2018 is still having quite a profound effect on me two years on – I can feel my work shifting a bit.

Here are a couple of new pieces…

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‘Support Structures’ | 2020 | wood litho, etching and woodcut | varied edition of 7
59.5 x 45cm
Unframed
Bleed print (goes right up to the edges of the paper)
£180 + postage a caption
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‘In it came, right up to the edges’ | 2020 | Plywood litho and mokuhanga | varied edition of 5
Paper size 25.5 x 21cm
Unframed
£75 + postage

These pieces form the beginning of a new series exploring themes of duality within the context of place – an ongoing theme in my work. Etching, woodcut and lithography are used in combination, the unique characteristics of each juxtaposed to create a visual language with which to explore what is exposed above the surface, and to imagine what might be hidden beneath, evoking ideas of fragility, stability, isolation and places of refuge. Piecing together fragments of this world, to make images which seem almost to inhabit another.

#artistsupportpledge

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These two new pieces are available to buy as part of the #artistsupportpledge movement on Instagram. If you haven’t heard about it, check it out! It is the brainchild of artist Matthew Burrows . Many artists, myself included, have found themselves without work due to the COVID-19 epidemic – whether it be teaching, technical work, exhibiting, or funded project work. Personally, all the courses I was due to be teaching up until September have been cancelled, and the print workshop where I work as Technician is currently closed. The #artistsupportpledge is an attempt to alleviate some of this mental and financial stress, creating a culture of generosity and support for and between artists.

The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work on Instagram, which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work and every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work.

Follow me on Instagram: @desforgery

If your interested in buying work, do get in touch: katedesforges@gmail.com