I work in a variety of mediums, yet I always find myself drawn back to prints. I am fascinated by the texture created by a lino block pressed on paper and enamoured by the sound of wet ink on a rolling pad. In an ever-complicated world, I find that the simple lines that can be created with these prints draw productively me towards symbolism and abstraction
The selection of prints here encompass works from shows in which my work was exhibited during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Spore and the Woodland series are works in two parts: a physical lino print installation with an accompanying digital collection. The online shows are open to the public and can be viewed at www.snehalexander-spore.com and www.itallcomesdown.com.
Raised in rural Shropshire, the wooded landscapes of the Midlands are imprinted on her psyche. She often begins work by sketching outside and then manipulating abstract shape that appear in this process. In work Woodland Series, such a shape flows through the prints to become intertwined locks of hair, waving legs and their reflection, a fish, a bulb and flowing reeds. Similarly, her print installation Spore draws attention to the textures of tree bark and the striations on mushrooms’ caps as a starting point for imagined woodland scenes.
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