MARI KIDD EXHIBITION 23/5/17- 18/6/17
Mari Kidd's fine art prints concentrate on the relationships between objects and the space they occupy. The rudimentary interiors are populated by only a few everyday objects. The recurring motif of the latest series of prints is a light bulb and chair. The simplified content allows for a greater manipulation of the design elements of the still lives. The prints are created in series using combinations of intaglio and relief printing techniques. Occasionally she will use some colour in the form of a background roll over or monoprint. Each print uses variations in the inking process, and modifications to the depiction of scale to encourage different narratives to be interpreted from the same key elements in the image. Velvety, aquatint textures and rich tones provide a strong contrast to the inscribed drawn line.
Mari uses abstract and symbolic elements to give viewers a chance to think and analyse these prints on their own because everyone has a different interpretation. The elements in the space fill it with the stillness of their mood. Taken alone they are symbols of this supposed system of living.
Recently an organic element has come into play representing seeds being drawn upwards towards a light source, the bulb.These are woodcuts printed on fine Japanese paper suspended on a thread.
Mari completed an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art in 2009 and was awarded 1st prize in the Gainsborough House Printmaking competition in 2013
Subsequent exhibitions have been held across the country including North House Gallery, Manningtree, London, Royal Society of Painter-printmakers, Brighton, Cambridge, Bury St.Edmunds and Snape Maltings Gallery.