by Heike Roesel.
Etching/monoprint on acid free Somerset Satin printmaking paper.
Dimensions: 53 x 53 cm.
The "Sunset Hill" etching/mono prints are a series of imaginative landscapes, inspired by the hills and fields of the South Downs here in the south of England, East Sussex, UK. This landscape has a strong influence on my work. At the same time I like to explore areas of colour, shape and line and experiment with how the different elements compose an image, like a landscape. The prints are a playful expression of these artistic ideas, an abstract take of the hills and fields of the South Downs. The one pictured here is "Sunset Hill" no 2.2. It varies in colour and also in the more complex detail within the yellow hill from "Sunset Hill" 1.1. With these prints I like to invite you to let your mind drift into this imaginative landscape and find your own personal 'narrative' in the image. The intaglio prints are hand printed from 2 etching plates by me in my studio in Brighton, UK. Each images of the series differs from the others. The image size is 35cm x 35cm, with a paper margin of 8cm all around printed on acid free Somerset Satin printmaking paper.
About the artist: Originally from Rüsselsheim, Germany, Heike Roesel studied Fine Art Printmaking BA (hons) at University of Brighton. She started her printmaking practice doing lithography, but eventually switched to etching which has been her medium of choice since. The process and the materials inspire the way Heike develops her imagery. She starts with a loose idea for an image, clarifying it through drawing. But the real development starts with working on the plate, pushing the initial idea through to a conclusion. The resulting imagery is never a representation of the circumstance or object that inspired it, but an improvisation of her initial idea, becoming ‘a world in it’s own right’. With her imagery she aims to inspire an observer’s own imagination to find their own individual ‘picture’. In 2009 Heike set up Studio B5 with Jo Riddell, Richard Denne, Margaret Betts and Jane Sampson, all fine art printmakers, printing in different mediums. There she developed her own way of using the alternative technique of Acrylic Resist Etching, which is now in use by the studio.
This work is shown at Atelier Beside the Sea as part of the Atelier OPEN 2023 exhibition.