Roslyn Kean has kindly made a full length video catalogue of our work in our 60th Anniversary Exhibition at Manly Gallery and Museum, ‘To the Edges.’ Here it is for all to enjoy, with many thanks to Roz! The video is nine and a half minutes long.
Danielle Creenaune, Laura Stark, Anne Starling and Roslyn Kean have been selected as finalists in the Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award 2021 (to be exhibited 22nd Jan – 27th March 2022).
Salvatore Gerardi and Gary Shinfield have been selected for The Gosford Art Prize 2021. Dates for showing the exhibition have not been announced yet.
Susan Rushforth and Roslyn Kean have been selected for Sumi-Fusion, International Juried Mokuhanga Exhibition (To be exhibited online and in Nara, Japan, from the 1st to the 4th December 2021).
How does your work address the theme “To the Edges“?
2020-21 has been a time full of challenges and during periods of isolation there is time to reflect and consider what is of importance. The varying dynamics of dealing with a new “ Covid 19 “ society has inspired this image. Shifting values, tough decisions and being on edge of so many changes. To be so mindful of what was once just everyday living.
Which way to turn, when to touch, not being allowed to touch & show affection all create a vision of shifting planes and turning points.
Aristotle created a triangle of rhetoric, a way to discuss Ethos – ethical issues, Pathos – compassion and emotion, and Logos, the value of logic. My work “Defining the Edge” also reflects on the dynamics of Aristotle’s triangle.
Can you describe the technical progress you went through to achieve the finished work and what technical challenges you encountered along the way?
My work is a diptych multi block woodblock print created using the traditional techniques of ancient Japanese printing traditions. Registration is of prime importance as there are over 30 blocks carved to create the illusion of transparent overlaps. There are no overlaps in this work as colours are mixed to create the illusion of transparency.
Working an image across 2 individual prints always creates challenges in paper stretch from so much baren work. All the blocks are hand carved in Russian Birch and hand printed on quality Japanese Kozo.
What do you see as the role of Sydney Printmakers for the next 60 years?
I would hope Sydney Printmakers remains a committed group of artists celebrating the dynamics of both traditional print media and new technologies who create a platform for sharing their individual creative talents and also to be challenged as a group to remain effective in the coming years.
How do you see the role of printmaking, in general, contributing to the conversation about contemporary art practice?
I have no doubt that printmaking will continue to be the medium of choice for many contemporary artists. With the success of many international conferences focused on printmaking it is no doubt a popular medium universally.
The greater challenge is to preserve the teaching of traditional practise in our art institutions and for those with the knowledge to be willing to share. We collectively have to continue to preserve what we now have for future generations in our shared knowledge of the print medium.
The latest edition of Sasha Grishin’s Art Blog deals with our current 60th Anniversary Exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Always worth a read, this is Blog number 61.
Go HERE to read.
Image: Roslyn Kean, Defining the Edge,2021, wrapped multi block woodcut, diptych, U/S, 558 x163cm (framed), courtesy of the artist.
Ros has received a wonderful review from Sasha Grishin in the Canberra Times for her Exhibition at Megalo.
|RELIEF ONLINE EXHIBITION 2021
13 April – 22 MayRelief Online Exhibition 2021 features the work of thirty artists working with relief both nationally and internationally. This is our second online exhibition for the year and celebrates relief printmaking. All works have been completed with relief printmaking techniques, such as linocut, woodcut and Mokuhanga.
Roslyn Kean has a work in this online exhibition. Go HERE to see the exhibition.
Roz Kean has had her work selected for showing in Megalo’s Online Exhibition of Relief Prints.
Go here to see this wonderful show.
Entries for the coming virtual exhibition of intaglio work are now open.