Vicky Stirling

Seeing Tree

I am a biologist by training. I am especially interested in the relationship between structure and function in the nervous system. I am about to retire from a part time research position in the zoology department at UWA researching on why some animals such as fishes and frogs are able to regenerate brain pathways while other such as mammals and birds cannot. Such sutdies may provide us with important clues about how to improve recovery from nerve damage in humans. My interest in printmaking stems from childhood when we were encouraged to produce linocut Christmas cards by my father who ran the art department at a teachers training college in Exter, Devon. I attended evening classes regularly at The Stanhope Institute in London, first learning lithography and later etching, which I found more satisfying in its tangible quality. I enjoy the technical challenge of producing images and recently have been exploring non-toxic photoetching methods. I have been a workshop coordinator for the Print Makers Association of WA for several years and find discovering new techniques and exchanging information with fellow printmakers rewarding. ‘Seeing Tree’ started off as pen and ink illustration of the pattern of blood vessels in a frog’s eye which was used to make a photosilk screen. Ink applied to a zinc plate using the screen acted as resist for a deep bite. The same effect could be obtained using photopolymer film as the resist, or even layering the film. The plate was printed using Stanley Hayter’s viscosity printing technique to print the image with dark blue ink in the intaglio followed by a surface roll up with runny red ink and then a roll up using a soft roller and more pressure with the green ink.

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  • Categories: 2002 Artist Profiles
  • Country: Western Australia, Australia
  • Medium: Viscosity print

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