Jennifer Jokhoo explains how she made her reduction linocut "Beneath the Woods", which is on show at our "Greenwich Printmakers at 40" exhibition at Watts Contemporary Gallery.
"Beneath the woods" is an eight-colour reduction linocut. Reduction linocut is a method where the same block of lino is cut away as each layer of colour is printed, rather than using different lino blocks for each colour. It's an unforgiving method because once each colour layer is cut, you can't go back and change anything or print any more if there are mistakes, so it requires a lot of thought about how to handle each layer.
"Beneath the woods" was created using traditional lino, printed in Intaglio oil-based inks onto Fabiano Rosaspina paper using a Hunter Penrose etching press.
The print evolved from sketches and photos taken one late summer afternoon at Frensham pond near Farnham. Dappled light filtered through the Scot pines while families picnicked on the sandy shoreline. The pines were so perfectly vertical and orderly, creating elongated shadows. The scene was graphic in itself – with defining lines and contrasts. It almost begged to be made into a reduction linocut print!
This piece relates to my practice as I enjoy depicting the ever-changing effects of light and colour at different times of the day, and seasonal change. I am fortunate to live in the Surrey hills and subject matter is often discovered whilst out walking the dog. Hillside views, fields, wide skies and horizontal bands are elements that I seek to explore in my work.
"Greenwich Printmakers at 40" is a celebration of Greenwich Printmakers' 40th anniversary and runs at Watts Contemporary Gallery in Compton, Surrey, until September 1.