Location: Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
This set of prints documents the movement of light over the artist’s local landscape, capturing a moment in colour. Regular furrows and pylon lines provide stripes whilst ploughed fields become a colourful patchwork. Framing the scenes, man-made structures of the rigid lines of fences and cattle barns turn the landscape into a geometric study.
Haxworth lives in rural Aberdeenshire where the weather has a huge effect on the terrain. Some days the fields are lit up by a shaft of bright light and the tones of the colours change completely. When Haxworth returns to her studio each day, she turns her memory of the composition into a collage or drawing and then eventually into a print.
Haxworth enjoys working with the immediacy of the monoprint process. She likes the vibrancy of the oil-based ink, building up texture and often adjusting colours by overprinting extra tones to make the hues vibrate against each other. Usually, only at the end, when a print is completed, does the effect reveal itself. For Haxworth, the simplicity of the work comes from a direct feeling, a response to a moment.
Born in Oxford, Hetty Haxworth studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Her work has been shown at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, the Scottish Society of Artists and selected touring shows to Ohio, Australia, Los Angeles, Denmark and Brussels. She now lives and works in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
This is a showcase of Haxworth’s monoprints, taking place in the Open Eye Gallery Print Room.
Image credit: Hetty Haxworth