Christine Sloman

Website: http://www.christinesloman.com

Email: elliottsloman@yahoo.co.uk

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Along the Riverbank_artist book with monotype and direct press botanical prints

Saltwater Memories_artist book with monotypes made from saltwater and pigment

Premonition_artist book with monotype, plate lithography, dried lichen and gold leaf

Lost Voices (a foreign country)_monotype with punched holes worked from a found photograph

Lost Voices (a foreign country)_monotype worked from a found photograph

The Night Tide_monotype worked from a found photograph


Statement

The focus of my art practice is on lost narratives, concentrating on the individual rather than the collective and the small moment instead of the historical milestone. It is a gentle meditation on the unremembered, drawn through the prism of my own experience. My prints and artist books are small and delicate, as though they were fading into oblivion. They are about atmosphere rather than literal representation.

Much of my recent practice references analogue photography. I draw on my collection of found photographs, which contain faded snapshots of distant lives that were once vivid. I am also influenced by Roland Barthes’ writings on photography; in the mnemonic powers of the ordinary snapshot and the often poignant details contained within.

As well as this work with found photographs, I have made several artist books which tie down a specific, often small, moment in my own life. They are a form of self-documentation, recognising that, as with the found images, the significance of these will be lost soon enough.

Biography

I studied paper and book conservation at the London College of Printing (UAL), and then worked in the conservation studios of the British Library for 10 years. I now have my own private conservation practice. In tandem with this I developed my art work after discovering the joys of printmaking in my time at college. Having returned to Scotland after some years spent abroad, I joined Edinburgh Printmakers in 2013 and sometimes work there as a print technician.

Recent selected group exhibitions include: Press and Fold at the Firehouse Arts Center, Colorado (2020); SSA/VAS Open at the RSA (2019); Utopia: What’s Yours? with the SSA, Dumfries (2019); Coast at An Talla Solais, Ullapool (2019); Impact 10, International Printmaking Conference, Santander, Spain (2018); SSA/VAS Open at the RSA (2018); Deluge, Edinburgh Printmakers (2018); Visible, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh (2017); Paper to Gold, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Edinburgh Printmakers (2017); SSA Open, Edinburgh (2016).