This monotype print explores the colours of the Bristol Channel and the landscape of Wales as seen from the town of Watchet in West Somerset. The landscape of Wales can be seen across the Bristol Channel and on a very clear day the colours and forms of the enchanted land of the Welsh and the Brecon Beacons can be viewed clearly from the naked eye, as well as through binoculars.
During my month stay at Contains Art in Watchet I spent many hours looking over at the land of Wales and the home country of my Grandfather's birth, observing the changing colours of the channel and the landscape, as the various environmental factors came into play, shifting the light and in-turn shifting the colour spectrum.
The colour shifts would happen very quickly, depending on the changes happening in the atmosphere through the clouds, as they drifted across the sky or cleared to reveal the rolling hills and mountains one could see from across the Bristol Channel. I would quickly note down the colours as they appeared, mixing the printing inks directly in my rolling tray, placing them down on the printing surface I constructed upon the wall, playing with torn and cut paper to mask areas, printing from the surface, exploring the boundaries between printing and painting through what I call Collagraphic Monotypes.
Through a series of print paintings, I explored the view of Wales and the changing colours, investigating the blurred boundary between what constitutes a print or a painting, playing with the idioms of both to form new ways of printing and painting.
I am currently exploring this idea, whilst also exploring the terms of landscape and memory. These prints were created on Wansbrough Mill Brown Paper which was created in Watchet at the Wansbrough Mill, before it finally closed in 2015. The mill created a range of paper in the past and created the brown paper bags for stores. Here I have used the paper to form a new legacy in its use as a surface for making and exploring art.
Waterbased Printing Ink, Lacquer, Wanbrough Mill Paper.