Irena Keckes has significantly influenced me in my printmaking practice, particularly the emphasis she places on the physicality of carving. Integrating theory and practice has been a key element of her research, exploring connections between eco-Buddhism and printmaking, as well as extended forms of print and craft. Her practice involves large-scale monochrome woodcuts and print installations.
For more information about her work, visit: http://irenakeckes.wixsite.com/irenaart
Dennis Nona is widely acknowledged as one the most important Torres Strait Islander artists. Nona’s technical skill and refined style is very inspiring for my own practice – especially my linocut works.
Born on Badu Island in 1973 he was taught as a young boy the traditional craft of woodcarving. This skill has been developed and translated into the incredibly intricate and beautiful linocuts, etchings and sculptures created by the artist since the commencement of his art practice in 1989. For more information about Nona and his practice visit: http://australianartnetwork.com.au/category/artists/dennis-nona/
During the process of my artwork, I have also become influenced by the artist, Orit Hofshi. Based in Israel, Hofshi uses her printmaking practise as a way to reconnect with her family’s roots. I was particularly influenced by her large- scale woodblock prints, where she combines a variation of prints, rubbings and the original carved blocks themselves together to create an installation of the natural environment and figures. Her desire to reconnect with her heritage through printmaking is the same as my drive to use my linocuts to inform and immerse myself within Torres Strait Islander culture and art practices. The repetitive carving of line Hofshi uses to create a variety of textures and movement is a technique I wish to continue further in my practice.
For more of her work, visit: http://www.orithofshi.com/