'Movement & Gestures' at SGCI Southern Graphics Council International Printmaking Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, March 2016.
As part of SGCI International printmaking Conference in Portland, Oregon this Spring, 'Movement & Gestures', a print collaboration between myself and Sarah Jane Lawton was presented as an opportunity for participants to make and contribute to an evolving printed scroll at Portland State University on March 31st as part of the 'Projects & Demonstrations' schedule of events. The exhibit intended to confront one person with another, connecting individuals without the use of verbal language but simply through woodblock, indigo and paper. The exhibition explored change, impermanence, unity, vulnerability, collaboration and process, with an intention to record the transient moments of shared experience through printmaking. By inviting observers to become participants in an immersive experience, our hope was to explore and develop a 'Language of Gestures' though a continually changing and ever-growing print.
Fleeting moments recorded through both printmaking and drawing, become a memento of experience. The choreography of traced movements, mannerisms and sounds contributed to a developing vocabulary of printable marks; a way of connecting observer to participator. The woodcut printing blocks, with which visitors were invited to adopt as tools, are inspired by gesture, movement, memory and language.
Each artist has developed physical and pedagogical print tool-kits, independently, through the cultural exchange process, in India and Japan. This has been underpinned by an experiential methodology, which facilitates growth through 'making' and creates cross-cultural dialogues.
This participatory project is in-keeping with, and informed by, artisanal daily rituals, connecting people to each other and to their environment. This event was an invitation to notate human movements, as they were made, through a unique printmaking collaboration in this post-print age. This project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Awagami Factory, A-N Travel Bursaries.