“I am an experimental printmaker. The printmaking process provides the starting point and methods and techniques for my practice, but I am not interested in reproducing an exact image or making editions of prints. It is the unique quality of the printmaking process with the inexhaustible range of possibilities it offers that excites me as an artist.
Plaster is the unifying element of my work for the exhibition “Double Vision”. I have worked with plaster for a number of years, testing and stretching the materials technical limits, at times, frustrated and challenged by its inherent fragility, but always excited by the range of mark making and textural surfaces plaster offers.”
- Kathy Boyle
Japanese boro textiles are C19th and early C20th peasant textiles (mostly using indigo dyes) from northern Japan. The inability to grow cotton locally necessitated the practice of patching and stitching remnants of fabric together to make utilitarian items such as clothing and blankets. These hard-worn garments - reworked over generations - express essential principles of Japanese ethics and aesthetics, such as an appreciation for imperfections and an avoidance of waste.
Beths’ work seeks to acknowledge this aesthetic and produce an echo of the tradition, using paper, print and vintage Japanese fabric.