Isabel Nolan

Black Church Process 2014/15

Master Printmaker: Louise Peat

Flag (distress), 2014, four-colour screenprint on cotton, aluminium


T-shirts with bleeding, woozy colour-photographs; agitated political or pop slogans; Vorticist woodcuts; pre-photographic illustrations of astronomical phenomenon: comets, sun spots, auroras comprised of exquisitely hatched lines; or diagrams depicting the structure of the cosmos. This is my extemporaneous idea of print. Print is also a means of ramping up production. But repetition to what end - is more, better? Disregarding virtual means of dissemination, even in the time of the photocopier / digital printer a handmade print is perverse choice for spreading the word. Maybe it is not the medium for a manifesto. An etched line is beautiful in print. So much so it is ticklish, risky even; it elevates a most ordinary sketch into something with inky depths, gravity and precision. I remember this from a short print block during undergrad, and wonder if such tractable beauty can be trusted in the hands of an amateur? Other processes are totally unfamiliar to me and at the beginning of this ‘Process' I'm taken aback by the range of available methods, each rich in potential. I'm beginning by simply wondering how print might in some way be (a part of) a sculpture. It seems that copper sulphate bites into aluminium with a fizzing, dirty exactness; and the range of materials that can be printed upon is extensive. I'm not anticipating acquiring amazing technical skills, but rather a giddy acquaintance with serious possibility.




Black Church Process is a new Studio initiative that invites leading art practitioners from other art disciplines to work with the resources of the print studio. This programme offers an insight into the potential of printmaking while promoting and positioning it within contemporary art practice. The projects are intended to be an exploratory process, initiated by the artist's vision, and facilitated by the skills and experience of a dedicated printmaking team of master printmakers and print coordinators. Artists are encouraged to explore the various possibilities that printmaking present to them. The collaboration between artist and studio aims to give the practitioner a comprehensive understanding of the processes and concepts of this art form and to lead to new and exciting directions in their practice.