Jo Austen BA Hons
AVA Committee Member Treasurer
Print-making is a dialogue. I have an idea, usually sketched out first on paper, but the process will bring its own stamp on the image. This process is affected by the the external temperature and humidity at every step of the way. This brings an element of chance into each image. Sometimes the results are disasterous - black plates with few discernible features, but at other times, an image is revealed that takes my initial thoughts into something new and exciting. In this respect print-making is a little like alchemy.
Since my degree over 20 years ago, I have been exploring fairy tales in my art. I aim to produce images with a sense of the narrative but without necessarily being illustrations. The resulting print should not need a title or reference to a literary work. I hope that there is just enough mystery in there for the viewer to find their own story.