Artwork for Yvonne Appleby
Six of one, half a dozen of the other
My work falls into three distinctly different areas. Previously a university lecturer in Russian language and literature, I came late to printmaking initially with the desire to create a visual memoir. One can recall an event, an individual or an emotion many times but each time the experience feels new. What I remember I therefore give the appearance of news or a magazine feature in flat, montage images of places, times, people, feelings and odd objects with which I associate them. This current series represents my memoir up the age of twenty, when I was an undergraduate recently returned after three months at Leningrad State University in 1978.
The second area of my work deals in abstraction mostly in geometric shapes. Much impressed by the Russian Constructivists and taking architecture, landscape and music as a prompt, I explore the power of shapes suspended in space to express both the still and the dynamic. The current prints take local architecture as a starting point. Malevich’s black squares and a well-known form of confectionery combine the mystery of one and the familiarity of the other to represent the variety of the vast numbers of lives that buildings have witnessed between their walls.
Finally, I make highly textured prints, mostly intaglio, of trees, their bark and leaves. Trees never fail to inspire love, amazement and admiration in me for their sheer physical presence and power, and for the mighty life processes that they both contain and support.
Being an artist means being myself. A pat answer, perhaps, but I have always felt watched by other people, which has a tendency to encourage disguise and/or secrecy. With age comes self-knowledge and confidence: being an artist for me means now showing what I have been, what I am, what I've seen and felt, and indulging a lifelong love of colour, shape and texture.
I am a printmaker based in Ludlow, working in monotype, intaglio and screen printing. Most of my work is in 2-D format but I also produce handmade books of my own original prints and other artwork.
I am a full-time printmaker. I have given one-to-one tuition on request, and also run school workshops. My prints have sold at exhibitions and through commissions.
2018-2019: City & Guilds in Printmaking (Distinction), Westhope College, Shropshire
2017-present: regular refresher printmaking school at John Howard Print Studios, Cornwall
Corvedale Festival exhibition, Westhope College, 2022
Falmouth Poly, 2022
Falmouth Poly, 2021
Falmouth Poly, 2019
Work currently available only via my website www.pingofacio.co.uk