30 Sep 2015 – 11 Oct 2015

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The Montage

London, United Kingdom


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Twenty years ago Carol Wyss and Tessa Holmes studied printmaking at the Slade School Fine of Art. Studying under Professor Bruce Mclean they graduated with his daily mantra of "make it big" ringing in their ears. His words were duly absorbed. To mark this anniversary they have come together to exhibit a joint show, "Impress!" Big, both in size and number.


Rome Wasn't Built in a Day is a series of 40 mono prints giving a vibrant abstract account of the urban topography of Rome. This interpretation of historical and contemporary landmarks has been made using paper stencils and transparent inks - combinig bold graphic shapes with subtle layers of colour. "I draw with a knife. I like the speed and the clean sharp edge that a blade produces. I love this simple way of working: quick, immediate and spontaneous" Tessa Holmes

Into the Wild features large etchings of weeds and wild flowers that turn out to be entirely made up of human bones. Each image is built up from hundreds of layers of bones, printed from large steel plates. "I am always searching for the structure of things, taking them apart and putting them back together again. I am fascinated by the human skeleton, the ingenious shapes and the physicality of bones." Carol Wyss

These two sets of works provide dynamic and powerful images. Both  artists incorporate traditional printmaking processes combined with the use of unconventional materials and drawing tools (including bones, power drill and surgical blades). While making an immediate visual impact the works also repay careful scrutiny, revealing unexpected surfaces and hidden layers beneath.

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