Sinclair Ashman is an artist-printmaker. He uses the collagraph, a highly textured form of printmaking, as a means of investigating the border between two and three-dimensional imagery. Sinclair creates printing plates that are deliberately fragile and quickly deteriorate under the pressure of the printing press. Each peeling away of paper from plate is an adventure, in which the outcome is never predictable. Each print is an original, usually signed as ‘UP’or ‘Unique Print’.
Sinclair’s experiments have yielded interesting and often surprising results. He constantly challenges perceptions of printmaking as an art form concerned with small scale prints and editions. Many of my plates are printed fewer than ten times. Even in instances where a plate is used to make more than one print, the print is never a copy, as the plate is inked by hand individually each time, resulting in colour and tone variations between the impressions.
Sinclair would now like to explore how, post print, his prints might be combined with other craft skills. For example, embroidery and textile collage may be used to enhance the sense of depth and form in his practise, and to pose questions such as – when is a print finished?