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Colour in Relief

BY Jackie Hocking | 21-Jun-2013
Linocuts and Woodblocks from the APW Open Access Studio by Kate Hudson, Ellie Malin, Marie Mason and Stephen McCarthy
Venue: Australian Print Workshop
Address: 210 Gertrude Street Fitzroy VIC 3065
Date: 29 June - 3 August 2013
Ticket: Free
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Kate Hudson, Winter Posy, 2010, reduction linocut, edition of 19, image size: 26 x 21.5cm

Australian Print Workshop is exploding with colour in the midst of Melbourne’s cold and rainy winter this year. Colour in Relief brings together linocuts and woodblocks by artists Kate Hudson, Ellie Malin, Marie Mason and Stephen McCarthy, who have produced their works in APW’s Open Access Studio. The Australian Print Workshop Open Access Studio provides world-renowned professional printmaking facilities. APW’s Open Access Studio creates a supportive environment for artists to work alongside each other sharing ideas and information about printmaking. The printing techniques of woodblock and linocut known as relief printing and colour bring this exhibition together. Woodblock printing is one of the earliest forms of printing originating in China as early as 220AD. The linocut came about at the turn of the 19th century, made popular by the German Expressionist movement, Die Brücke.

Kate Hudson’s reduction linocuts reference her lifelong love of oriental art and early training in textile art. A collection of art deco vases and the native flora of her immediate environment, around Eltham provide inspiration. Ellie Malin’s woodblocks are abstracted shapes and forms, depicting essential elements from the landscape. Ellie says, ‘the origins of my images begin as something quite recognizable and through a process of deconstruction they become pure, simplified shapes of colour’. Marie Mason’s linocuts are influenced by the fauvist tradition of art and the traditional Japanese woodblock process ‘ukiyo-e’ meaning ‘pictures of the floating world’. Referring to her work as ‘Tree of Life’ prints Marie depicts patterns in nature – trees and water. Stephen McCarthy’s woodblocks are informed by his sculptural works.

He plays with the composition of geometric shapes and the organic texture of wood that are juxtaposed in his sculptural forms. The early modernist movements of Suprematism, ‘De Stijl’ and Constructivism are departure points for Stephen’s practice. Through traditional forms of printmaking provided by APW’s Open Access Studio, Kate, Ellie, Marie and Stephen are able to produce contemporary and colourful works in relief.