Lynne Blackburn is an experienced printmaker, exhibiting artist and screen print editioner. She owns and runs her own screen printing company - Hippo Screenprinters - from her studio near Chelmsford in Essex.
Lynne's work explores the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings - the human traces left behind in, and on, buildings, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. She is interested in how the ordinary and mundane of the everyday show and mark the passing of time and how, by recording traces of personal memory, a sense of a broader social and historical memory is evoked. Lynne is fascinated by the transitory nature of the built environment; the stories that exist within it and the decay and detritus of modern cities.
Lynne's prints begin as digital photographic observations of her surroundings which are taken as a way of recording these places as they are and the traces of how they were. The compositions are intuitive and the low resolution of the photographs gives the feeling of a snapshot. By their nature these images are disposable, usually viewed then deleted. These impermanent images are taken through a lengthy process of digital deconstruction and reassembly, and then printed, by hand, as multi-layered screen prints. This process is an attempt to substantiate and objectify them; to give them status and to preserve them as a souvenir or memento; to supplement memories of a place and to recapture experiences had there. The artist is also trying to portray historical memories and evoke similar emotions in others who have 'passed this way'.