Tracy Hill's current research investigates how we travel and chart the land around us.
These investigations always begin with the map; she is particularly interested in examining how much information is left off our maps. The main basis for the research is the exploration into the gaps between destinations, to look at maps and to find spaces that give the viewer the ability to wander off the path, to choose a new direction and chart our own discoveries.
Hill's research examines how the conventional processes of printmaking and the new developing acrylic and digital technologies can be combined to produce innovative ways to challenge the definitions of print. The process of printing in her research work responds directly to the nature of the layering and of building surfaces and resonates with the years of history and palimpsest within our landscape.
Investigations into new technologies have been influenced by the global need to create safer alternatives for artists using printmaking in their practice. Hill is currently Senior Printmaking Technician at UCLan and is developing strategies through her research to form collaborative partnerships between other professional facilities. It is her intention to examine the new opportunities these alternatives offer expanding the language and boundaries of printmaking.
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