MediaMixed media / Collage, Painting, Printmaking
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Artist's StatementI am a mixed media artist and printer who likes to use several techniques to work on a subject in depth. I have moved from primarily figurative painting and life drawing towards abstraction but still like to use collage and drawings in my work. Since taking a one year course at the Curwen print studio I have developed my practice of Lino printing, monoprinting and collagraphs. I recently developed a series of Lino and collagraph prints to accompany a musical residency for the band AK Patterson and like to use songs as a starting point for semi-abstract works. During lockdown I created a series of 6 mixed media pieces illustrating Homer's Odyssey and developed a bit of an obsession for Italian coffee pots. I am currently working on drypoint and collagraph prints, drawings, and abstract paintings inspired by the Cambridge Chalk Pits with a view to holding an exhibition in aid of the Cambs and Beds Wildlife Trust.
Art StyleAbstract, Expressionistic, Representational
Art SubjectsAbstract, Landscape, Cityscape, Still Life, Figurative, Nature
Art Materialsoils, acrylic, charcoal, pen
Sue Kenwrick's Portfolios
Music inspired prints
These prints were all inspired by a song, many by AK Patterson, and their titles are taken from either the song title or a line in the song. They are lino relief prints, collagraph prints, screenprints or etchings and many of them were created either during a foundation course at the Curwen print centre or for the AK Patterson musical residency at St Margaret's House in London.
An exploration of classic Italian coffee pots
A series of 6 abstracts based on the Odyssey. They are in collage and mixed media on wood panels. The first two represent voyage and adventure at sea with reference to mens greed and ambition, cyclops, fate and turbulence. Embedded in the pictures are Greek as well as English words, gods, maps and more. The second pair show Odysseus' return home to Ithaca, hence the green leafy welcoming land and cheerful colour palette. The gods are looking on as they play a big part in the events at this part of the story. Arrows and palaces feature and buried in the images are Greek words connected to the story as well as others such as 'prize' and 'tragedy in triumph'. The last two represent the carnage that is wreaked when Odysseus and his son Telemachus murder the maids that are seen as treacherous because they have consorted with and fed Penelope's would-be suitors. The maids are hung in a line with their feet twitching. They are represented by strips of fabric and tablecloth, there is much blood flowing and textual references (beauty and brutality, sex, of gods and men).
Mixed media abstracts using either acrylic ink and paint with collage or cold wax and oil with collage
Lino and collagraph prints
Cambridge Chalk Pits
I am developing a series of prints and paintings based on the Cambridge Chalk Pits in Lime Kiln Road where I spent many a happy hour wandering during lockdown and since. The Pits are almost like a moonscape but full of hidden colour and wildlife. Peregrine falcons nest there in spring and Glow worms can be seen there in early summer. The works are not literal but inspired by the layered nature of the chalk cliffs, the changing foliage and my experiences there. Several of the works include using chalk in their construction.