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Lynne Blackburn

I am a professional artist and screen printer. I own and run Hippo Screenprinters Ltd, a fine art editioning studio based in Margaretting, Essex.
Lynne's work explores the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings - the human traces left behind in buildings, and on everyday objects, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. She is interested in how the fabric of a building, and the objects within it, show and mark the passing of time and how, by recording traces of personal memory, a sense of a broader social and historical memory is evoked. The images begin as digital photos taken with a low quality camera phone. The unobtrusive nature of the camera phone allows the capture of quiet, private moments in time where there is the space to remember past experiences. The compositions are intuitive and the low resolution of the photographs gives the feeling of a snapshot. By their nature these images are disposable, usually viewed then deleted. These impermanent images are taken through a lengthy process of digital deconstruction and reassembly, and then printed as multi-layered screenprints, often onto 'found' boards which bring their own history to the final piece. This process is an attempt to substantiate and objectify them; to give them status and to preserve them as a souvenir or memento; to supplement memories of a place and to recapture experiences had there. The artist is also trying to portray historical memories and evoke similar emotions in others who have 'passed this way'. The chairs and bar stools in these images symbolically stand in for absent people and suggest relationships between them. Although the images are still and quiet the empty chairs suggest events which have already passed or which have the potential to happen. The images show the familiar, everyday or mundane yet they appear mysterious, and slightly ambiguous, as if there are things going on just out of sight, or as if trying to grasp a fading memory. The artists most recent works have taken her low resolution 'snapshots' even further. In an attempt to celebrate the ordinary and mundane urban landscapes she sees around her, Lynne breaks the digital image down into layers of pixelated colours. These layers are then rotated, distorted, repeated and re-arranged into beautiful 'mandalas'. These are then hand screen printed in very small editions.