Wednesday 17 January 1pm Monika Rycerz is a Plymouth based printmaker. She also works as Printmaking Workshop Co-ordinator in the department for Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art where she helped Clare Thornton produce new work using the college’s wallpaper block press. She will talk about her experiences of making this work with Clare and share responses to other works in the show.
Monika collaborated with clare to use the wallpaper press at the Art College starting as an idea for performance involving the press but developed with idea that the press itself could be used. Very giant ancient press. There was a physicality of the process, like a dance, choreographed movement. Very beautiful process. Not a screen print or digitally manufactured but an old process used by so few now. It involved finding out how it worked, step by step. Both Clare and Monika embraced whatever was happening. They had to work out their own registration technique. Made two rolls of wallpaper. It was a very exhausting process involving thinking and the physicality. Artist have begun using wall paper as a means of communication beyond the decorative. This process was about discovering beyond a place both were comfortable inspired by the artist Rose Fin Kelcey who declares there should perhaps always be as an artist “the joy of being a perennial beginner”. Deliberate intention to challenge self. Important to take risks break through levels of embarrassment and fear of perceived failure. Clare’s performance background enhances her idea of collaboration. She suggested “do things you don’t know how to do and stretch yourself and your ideas beyond the things that you have learned to do well..”
Text piece Italic Eye, co authored piece with artist Emma ? . Talk about falling record and transcribe then re visit text forming a layering.. Italic Eye exists in other forms, books, wall text, performances etc all around the subject of falling and how this relates to the practice of being an artist. The collaboration came out of overlapping, shared interest and at times is almost ritualistic in nature. “A lexicon of falling”. Other writing and works have come from it though still through the lense of falling..Clare described it as like “a conceptual Ear worm” As Clare became quite practiced at falling on the cushions for the stills. The teetering, the letting go, the falling they this felt echos the process of making. How the work is perceived can be flavoured by the context. They took it to theological conference where The Fall could have become subject because if the delegates awarenss and interest but they have a strong resistance to tying it down. It remains an opened work an ongoing dialogue. Clare and Emma were not friends before collaboration this has come out of a meeting of minds. Often made notes when they met up and understanding has come out of the collaboration process. There is an affinity around shared philosophy and ideas. They have incorporated ideas from book by Peter Sloterdijk, ‘Spheres and bubbles’ , Clare works in many collaborations and enjoys that approach. Nice to have someone to “jam with”