The notion of psychogeography is integral to Claire Hynds’ reading of urban spaces.
Exploring the “junkspace” of the planned New Towns, Hynds visually records what remains when modernism has run its course. The viewfinder crops the landscape to present a series of vistas that capture the fragments of modernism that remain amongst the proliferation of 90’s redevelopment and contemporary signage. Taking these iconic motifs Hynds explores the possibilities of constructing space to make us see the familiar in a different light. Employing visual boundaries by referencing architectural blueprints, creating false perspectives and emphasizing the surface and texture of these structures, she challenges the viewers’ sense of space and place.
In “Cityscapes”, Hynds works across a series of plates. This allows her to continually play and manipulate the work throughout the printing process. By changing the choice of plates, sequence of the layers, rotating the plates, alternating the colour choices, and changing the viscosity of the ink, new juxtapositions of forms and colour blends appear. The combination of the abstract shapes creates a series of skylines, suggesting both a memory of what has been, whilst also proposing what might be. Each vista represents something familiar, something remembered, something imagined.