At the beginning of 2018, I spent 5 weeks on a printmaking fellowship at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice Italy.
My arrival in Venice coincided with the completion of a print for a themed portfolio responding to the impact of rising global sea levels on our infrastructure, and so landing on an island surrounded, and often inundated, by water, was timely. Venice, and its the proximity to the Adriatic and Mediterranean, also brought to mind the continuing tragedy of migrant crossings that continue in that part of the world, the cost to human life and its political ramifications.
My work has always centered in my response to my immediate environment, and Venice offered me a very different experience to the contemporary urban norms of my usual surroundings.
Embracing a more fluid approach to my work during the residency, I became interested in exploring how the quality of light affected the constantly shifting patterns of the water along the canals and in the lagoon itself , and how the nature of the water can change, from benign to threatening, depending on the conditions.