Resulting from repeated hour-long local street walks, when ‘difference’ became exciting and discarded items created their own narratives, Tracing the Path, amplifies Amanda's personal response to regional lockdowns and navigates a pathway through the imposed restrictions.
Finding a ball of blue wool unravelling in the street as if plotting a route combined with a 60 second motion image of the footpath seemed to mark the way forward. This led to a series of two-sided pieces that can be viewed sequentially from either side as if following a journey, plus a 4.5m long hanging encapsulating a blue thread.
“Broadly speaking I find myself noticing layers of colour, pattern or texture – unintentionally or consciously making connections; perhaps a place or half-remembered time, a mood or a moment re-imagined. Learning about traditional printmaking on the three-year Complete Printmaker Programme Hot Bed Press Salford allows me an experimental approach to making prints, exploring materials and process. And, although seeing the rich tonal qualities of an aquatint, an expressive etched line or unexpected texture emerge as the acid does its work is intriguing, combining techniques derived from different processes is endlessly fascinating.”
Restricted access to studio/etching facilities over recent times led to a low-tech but rigorous ‘diy’ exploration of process, materials and mark-making. With reference to numerous photographs and in-situ wax rubbings and monoprints, the images begin with texture and pattern, contrasts and marks, exploiting technique to achieve a mash-up style derived from copper sulphate etching, carborundum, collagraph and screenprint.
To follow Amanda's current work take a look at @olivegrooveprints on instagram
Images from the INGO Collective group show October 2021 Photos: Jack Armour