Loraine Monk’s family were working class Londoners, her working-class background, her politics, academic research and artist practice have all been influenced by this heritage. Her work is inspired by history and a sense of place and community.
Since last year she has been expanding her practice to printing. As with the majority of Monk’s work, this exploration has a historical basis. Taking inspiration from 20th Century German Expressionist Woodcuts, particularly Kathe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann.
In the both her prints and paintings she explores wood cutting and engraving in print, through an ‘archaeology of digging deeper into power relations, and representations of this in art.’ This requires the viewer to ‘dig’ at her pieces, literally uncovering, the inequality of power relations that occlude histories of certain people, places and ideas.
Gilets Jaunes Print Series.
Having witnessed a Gilets Jaunes riot in Paris in December 2018, she took over 180 photographs, using them to make drawings for a series of relief prints. In them she attempts to examine the violence of the protests and political turmoil they represent.
She is interested ‘in using Relief Printing techniques to convey tactile anger, to raise political issues that are common in the contemporary world.”