‘When first I walk into a darkened room, my eyes need to adjust; a short period of visual insecurity stimulates ideas; moments that much of my work relates to.’
Lindy Norton has always been able to use drawing as a means of generating atmosphere. Purposefully developed and well practiced observation skills enable her to subtly change the truth of light and darkness, to amplify uncertainties.
Norton’s drawings and dry point etchings have a physical urgency, the energies required to generate the compositions are retained, enlivening the work with an uneasy breath. Beasts from Africa may wander along the window sill, a sailor boy may sit in an armchair with teddy bears or an entrance hall may contain vague shapes that cannot be identified as friendly or hostile.
Her paintings in both water colour and oil paint are just as accomplished as her drawings and prints. Her use of light, subject matter and her selected range of colours amplify surreal associations.
Lindy Norton’s work welcomes us uneasily into a friendly twilight zone, allow yourself to consider her interiors and their occupants: your perceptions may shift, just slightly.
20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009 as a project between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton and has grown in popularity ever since. Over 50,000 prints have been created and exchanged in the past six years with The Ropewalk Printmakers taking part for the last three years.
Every artist produces an edition of 25 prints on paper 20cm x 20cm. In return each artist receives a bespoke hand printed boxed set of 20 randomly selected prints, (including their own print and 19 others). Prints could be any print medium and numbered 1 to 25 of 25 prints.
Each workshop also receives one set of randomly selected prints and one ‘twinned’ set whereby workshops are randomly matched, each receiving a set of 10 of their own members’ prints and one set of their ‘twinning partner workshop’.
This year we were twinned with Seacourt, The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The prints on display are a selection from our previous years of participation.
One print from every participant, including 10 Ropewalk Printmakers is kept by Hot Bed Press to exhibit/tour nationally. In 2015 the tour started at Hot Bed Press and went on to Neo: Gallery in Bolton, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, The Art House, Wakefield, and Belfast Print Workshop. The final exhibition is at Liverpool John Moores University, opening at the end of March 2016.