Faux Folds III
£275 (framed), £190 (unframed)
Conni fell in love with abstraction at the age of six moving on to grid based designs by the age of eight. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Her final year was spent at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, where she worked with a professional textile dyer using stencils in the “katazome” tradition. She learned about colour, line and patterning and started cutting her own stencils, a practice that shows up in her works to this day.
She is an obsessive experimenter with the juxtaposition of contrasting and clashing colour. As a composer in colour, she compares her work to musical scores. She enjoys using nesting and overlapping plates to create a sense of perspective into imaginary landscapes.
Prints are by nature two-dimensional but recently Conni has been pushing the boundaries of printmaking into three-dimensions either through the use of multiple folds giving the finished prints topographical qualities that can be explored from different angles or by simulating folds in the composition of the flat print.
Conni works from her home studio in Cambridge and at East London Printmakers and the Mary Ward Centre in London. Her award winning work has been shown in both the USA and the UK.
The falling colours of “Faux Folds III”
"In this reduction linocut I’ve developed the theme of falling colours that are descending vertically but also shifting horizontally to create an impression of movement through space. Using a limited pallet of just three colours in juxtaposition to the negative white spaces of the paper the energy in the piece is both controlled and expanding. The apparent folds are in the process of unfolding as the eye moves from top to the bottom. The colours themselves appear to be shifting and changing as they are observed. As the colours descend the object appears to unfold revealing the colours behind the surface creating an element of surprise. The stripes that are moving vertically, horizontally and at angles shift and change in an unexpected and dynamic sequence." - Constance Johnson