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Stephanie Leighton - Artist and Printmaker

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I work increasingly with the monotype method of print-making, because it is the best way that I have found to “dialogue” with the elements of print: ink, mark and pressure. Through experience I know the limitations of the method, and like to imagine my way through these limitations to create images that have spontaneity and energy, and that appear to remember from what they are made. I challenge myself to combine colour, shape in the form of a template or textile, and the marks that arise from scratching, sponging and rolling, to create an image that evokes landscape, the plant forms in my beloved garden, or still life.

 

I work with clay for similar reasons. Spending time getting to know this remarkable stuff is very enjoyable! I like to make objects which are tributes to things in the world I feel deeply about: birds and animals, the dignity of humans and the beauty of respectful relationship. Clay can be everything that these other things can be: solid, earthed, fragile, impressionable, centred, stressed, vulnerable. After biscuit firing, the objects are smoke-fired in an outdoor kiln. This is an act of surrender to the elements, which give the objects a depth and a sense of their own history, or experience.

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