Susan Wright

Halifax. West Yorkshire. UK

I am an artist now living and working in Halifax after leaving full time work. I use a variety of printmaking techniques, experimenting with copper sulphate etching on aluminum and incorporating that with other printmaking techniques such as monoprint and photo lithography. Increasingly, I print on hand made paper, and present work in formats other
than framed prints.

My work is concerned with the process of transformation of discarded and forgotten objects into new artwork. Currently, I am using old, decaying books to produce printed images. I aim to develop a narrative within my work and I am increasing incorporating ideas evoked by others through story telling. Books lost in the outside landscape had a story before they were found. I explore the idea that they held a repositories of ideas, knowledge and values which are both lost and changed as they evolve; damp and decaying outside in the landscape. As they move through the print making process they develop new representations and ideas. Stories emerge from them. Their transformation from abandonment to renewal develops that story, it adds layers of dialogue, meaning, history and ecology to a previously established narrative.

By using the pages from books to create the imagery and parts of the books themselves to produce the work, they take an active part in the finished pieces. The prints become map like, map like symbols are added to the image. They are imaginary places, a new narrative emerging from the old books. In this renewed world, on some prints tracks criss-cross the map, indicating movements exploring the imaginary and impossible landscapes. In others movement is only possible in random directions, hugging contours and finding paths, adding a new history, a new story to the recast landscape. The presentation of some recalls their bookish origins. This renewal affects how the images and objects are viewed by others, they can have many interpretations. They are out of context, with no helpful guidance to lead the audience to understand what they might mean. Some people place them in the past, others see them as future artefacts, adding to the story as they speculate about what they are seeing.

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