Catching the light 

Susanne Klein

We invite artists, printmakers and photographers to submit one or two pieces of their work to the exhibition ‘Catching the light’ which is responding to the IMPACT theme of ‘Printability and Transmutability’ and to write 300 words about the technique they use.

We encourage all practitioners, not only, to look at their own practice critically, but also to think about new ways of catching and printing the light.

In traditional print, the shadows are printed, i.e., dark marks on light substrates. The illusion of light is created by shadows. Different printing techniques use different methods to trick the mind into perceiving light and shadow and seeing an image. Embossing or debossing, for example, uses the height difference in the paper to make an image visible by its shadow. The image moves when the print is moved. A similar image change happens when speciality pigments or metallic foils are used which reflect light in different ways. These can range from gold or silver films and glitter on chocolate packaging to the subtle shades of Karakami paper printed by woodblock and mica powder. Printing on a black substrate creates new challenges. This time not the shadows but the light is printed and the image composition must be changed.

We welcome contributions in 2D, 2.5D and 3D, in black and white or colour, which is catching the light. Be adventurous and show us light in a new light!

Please note that submissions have now closed.