Description
Faye Haskins
Digital print with etching
Watercolour and mixed media on paper
Oil and mixed media on canvas
Digital print with etching
A series of 10 mixed media mini prints
Paper size 15x15cm
Watercolour and mixed media on watercolour paper
Description
Artists Statement

The theme running through my work has always been the concept of journeys and journeying, through time or place. Every now and then I become captivated with something specific to that experience, these have included the image of Buddha, the Apsara’s of Angkor Wat, Asian stone carvings, Autumnal leaves and the iconic breakwaters of the south of England’s coast line.

Paintings and prints document journeys taken over a number of years to South East Asia, Central America, Peru, the Atlantic coastline in Massachusetts and to the southwest states of the USA, as well as the Rockies in British Columbia, Canada,various European destinations and repeated trips to the coastlines of the UK.

The images are often obsessively reproduced in ways that explore memories of that experience, for example capturing a moment in time through varying colour, changing skies or textures specific to that place or time. I use a camera to record these elements and scenes in nature, like a sketchbook. The resulting images are then brought into the studio to create paintings and prints where layers of colour interact with collaged papers, underlying texture and photographic imagery. These images have been embedded within the surface of the canvas or the paper and aim to draw the viewer in to discover what is suggested and hidden beneath the surface.

I have recently been focusing on creating series’ of mini prints and smaller scaled prints which explore the combination of digital printing or giclee printing with etching, collagraph, drypoint and blind emboss.I have also been developing work through the process of cyanotype, a photographic medium, combined with some of the fore mentioned processes.

I am exploring abstracting the photographic source imagery and using form and colour to create complex spacial planes. The original images are photographs that I have taken and manipulated in photoshop to create a base image on top of which I print.

The imagery of mountain scenery is a theme that has recurred over the years, from the foothills of the Himalayas, the high peaks of the Andes to the more recently visited snow-capped Dolomites. The majestic peaks are often shrouded in cloud making it hard to tell where the mountain ends and the skies begin, the land is broken by swathes of cloud sweeping across the land giving the impression of islands in the sky. 

In the new prints, layers are built up with a selection of lithography, digital prints, collagraph, monoprint and chine colle to create a rich surface that draws the viewer in to the subtlety of the layered inks. 

The work does not dictate to the viewer, it suggests, aiming to trigger memories and imagination.
Every piece of work and element is a journey taken - they are vehicles of transcendence, a place or situation revisited, with the added element of memory. Different aspects of the journeys become apparent in each set of images. Various paths are followed and often retraced as new insights are gained on every return. 
The essence of the work remains throughout the various bodies of work, that is the experience of a journey of some sort, a physical and visual exploration, whether it is for the first time or a repeated experience.
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