Debby Akam

Woodcuts and silkscreens are characterised by saturated colour, and repeating motifs to suggest a mixture of things observed, imagined, and remembered, in layered images that invite multiple readings, and allow an element of chance into the making process. Silkscreen is sometimes combined with the gestural marks of woodcut blocks to juxtapose the immediate experience of making the print with an event captured in a photograph. For example, Homely features motifs from textiles that reflect the landscapes in which they were made.

Some of the prints use a combination silkscreen with woodcut to extend the types of imagery and mark- making that can be combined in one print. This method enables collage- like juxtapositions that suggest a blend of different times, places and states of mind. Most of the prints are monoprints or one of a very small edition or family of prints. This way of working encourages opportunities for experimentation, and results in each print in a series being slightly different from any of the others.