Kirsten Baskett is a contemporary artist based in London. Receiving an MA in printmaking from Camberwell College she engages with digital technology based on an understanding of traditional methods, rather than regarding them as an out-dated medium. This work explores time and memory, traces and absence.
Her impetus is obsolete technology, which has developed a patina through intense or prolonged human use.
The pieces begin life as paper sculptures. Through photographic and traditional drawing techniques, she deconstructs the image, striving to draw out the ‘emotional charge’ and dissolve away the original form and materiality of the object on which it was deposited. This allows her to create a photographic etching plate, capturing the moment.
The distilled end result becomes frozen in time. All that remains, is the latent emotional energy, which the original object had absorbed.