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NEW ARTIST JANE WARD | EYESTORM EDITIONS LAUNCH

September 6th 2015
We are excited to be launching two new Eyestorm editions with a brand new artist Jane Ward, who creates beautiful transient three dimensional landscapes from another world.

We have been aware of Jane Ward's work for a couple of years now, having seen it exhibited at a number of art fairs, and have always very much been drawn to her stand-out, spectacularly fantastical landscapes. So I was excited when she agreed to meet me to talk about doing some prints with Eyestorm.

When we first work with new artists, it’s important to understand their current working practice and how they've produced their work in the past. Jane's dreamlike scenes are constructed by digitally placing together various fragments of images, either from photographs she's taken herself or that she's sourced from elsewhere, which are then accompanied by hand-drawn elements that are either scanned in and added to the image digitally, or painted directly onto the surface of the paper.

Despite her MA in Printmaking (from the RCA, 2004-2007), Jane had never made an edition with screenprinted elements, so it was great to consider this as an option for the two new Eyestorm prints: The Other Side of the Mountains 1 and The Other Side of the Mountains 2. As there is so much detail in Jane's work and much of the imagery is taken from photographic sources, we decided to stick with her usual method of archival digital printing for the base of each print in order to achieve the required level of detail, and add the hand executed parts on top as silkscreened layers.

When Jane showed us her proposed images and we discussed the screenprinting possibilities with printmaker Jess, at first we weren't sure about the best approach. Knowing we wanted the hand-applied elements to be screenprinted in order to stand out from the rest of the image, at first we tried to add extra marks to the overall pieces, which Jane hand drew onto true grain and which were then made into screens and printed onto the digital print. In some instances this worked, but in others it didn't, and it was back to the drawing board a couple of times to work out how it could be improved. We finally got there, and the screenprinted parts on the finished works are a combination of Jane's newly made marks, and the original hand drawn parts that she'd already incorporated into her initial images. The results are stunning, and now the works are completed it's clear this was the right choice.

The beauty of screenprinting is that there are so many options when it comes to making an edition that extra bit special, and with the landscape-formatted The Other Side of the Mountains 1, Jane decided it would be perfect to use gold and palladium leafing. The palladium leaf can be seen falling down the edge of the volcanic-like construction in the centre of the image, while fragments of gold leaf appear to be shooting out of the top, gracefully falling down to settle into the foreground. In The Other Side of the Mountains 2, metallic inks have been used to achieve a similar affect. The result is two equally stunning transient landscape works that have the ability to make you feel like you've been deported into an imagined world.

The Other Side of the Mountains 1 and The Other Side of the Mountains 2, each in limited editions of 50, are available to buy online from today and will be making their debut in New York and Seoul next week. See both works in more detail and read more about Jane Ward here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
JANE WARD
The Other Side of the Mountains 1
 
 
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