“This handmade linocut print is made using a soft lino which can be cut easily and sliced into sections to print in several colours. I have used a dark Green/ grey, a light Green/ grey and an Orange. The title came about as a response to the title of the 2020 Architectural Biennale in Venice ‘How Will We Live Together ’which was postponed due to the pandemic.
With the 2020 lockdown I began to focus on the present situation we were in and used three words from that title’ How We Live’. The image shows the Highrise flats of Victoria Park on Hall St juxtaposed with the terraced Victorian Houses in the foreground. My focus was on the windows as eyes to the outside world behind which people were living, many possibly alone under lockdown with no garden and limited access to the outside. The orange pigment used is a response to the terracotta bricks of this area, and the original colour of the flats before their present renovation.
The two building types draped in light and shade merge into one. Although very different building types they had many uses in common and had both been standing in pandemics 100 years apart. The terraced houses had silently witnessed the flu pandemic of 1918/19 following the Great War and the current pandemic of 2020.”
“This handmade linocut print is made using a soft lino which can be cut easily and sliced into sections to print in several colours. Many of my artworks use the Viaduct theme. As a symbol of Stockport I thought I would depict it in blue expressing the community’s feeling under pressure of lockdown. The two colours used are a grey-blue and a dark blue Payne’s grey ink.
The lino cut image depicts the famous Crown Pub from the rear (the image is in this case reversed with the printing process). The Viaduct recedes with its pale misty colour. The Crown pub in the foreground printed in a sombre dark grey closed, shut with an unknown future.”
“This handmade linocut print is made using soft lino which can be cut easily and sliced into sections to print in several colours. This lino cut print is again of the Stockport Viaduct as a theme This is more of an imagined view, it is about a feeling and memory of the sunlight we were experiencing during lockdown. It depicts one of the brows of Stockport with the mill buildings and an exaggerated height of the viaduct in a dreamlike view looking through the arches to sunlight.
Lockdown made us confront our lives in many ways and sometimes to recall happier time Journeys places and people we use to travel to and we were missing.”