Saran Richards

My work explores the possibilities of marks in a play between spontaneity and control. In an attempt to discover figuration amongst abstraction it aims to find a sense of familiarity in surreal scenarios. By uniting printmaking and textiles, organic forms dominate the space of the calico. The work is concerned with the relationships between formal visual language and how they work together to expand and manipulate what appears on the surface. I am excited by the possibilities of evolving something random that begins unattached to preconceived ideas. This creates limitless opportunities for ultimate creative freedom. The introduction of embroidery highlights unusual shapes, forms and figures that exist within the original print. To evolve the image further, the introduction of fabrics in a variety of patterns, textures and colours unite individual shapes to form a sense of space where a narrative begins to appear.

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