Laura Boswell ARE – Printmaker

Artist’s Statement

Laura works with two printmaking methods: traditional Japanese woodblock printing and reduction linocut. She has chosen to spend her career building her skills and pushing technical boundaries by working with just two techniques, in preference to working across a variety of media. Both techniques compliment and inform each other in her work, Japanese woodblock being a carefully chosen match for the linocut she specialised in for her joint degree in visual art and art history from Aberystwyth University.

The time Laura has spent studying, drawing and printmaking in Japan has had a profound effect on her work. Over time, Laura’s woodblock printmaking has informed her linocut printing. She now works in a similar way in either technique, often using painted and drawn line directly onto the blocks to inform her cutting. She prints with multiple layers of very scanty colour, often wiping and mixing colours on the block as she prints. Laura enjoys the irony that the more meticulous her cutting, the looser and more impulsive the finished print appears. Laura’s painterly and multi-layered printing, often running to twenty or more printings for a linocut and above forty for her woodblock, helps her to explore light and weather in her work and moves it away from the binary graphic appearance commonly seen in relief printmaking.

Laura has worked with landscape for many years and remains entranced. She has recently begun to focus on Scotland and the Lakes. Laura’s latest work explores the structure of hills and mountains, ideas of scale and distance, and the fleeting nature of weather and light.