Artist Interview: Alice Freeman15 Jul 16
Alice Freeman is a recently elected RWA Artist Network member.
‘A graduate of Camberwell College of Arts, Alice Freeman’s practice incorporates sculpture and etching in its drive to re-create the organic degradation of substances found in nature.’
Susie Pentelow, Traction Magazine, 2013
Etching is very similar to cooking; the ingredients consist of the plates, grounds and varnishes. Creation is through either adhering to strict instructions or improvising with the processes and ingredients. The various techniques such as aquatint, sugar lift and open bite all contribute to the ‘cooking’ procedure. Each outcome will be different depending on the recipe, and often the recipes that work best are the ones left to chance and the accidental.
My work deals with the tactile and textural qualities in etching and sculpture. Forms emerge through hands-on manipulation of a range of materials
These are moulded into an environment transforming it into a tactile space that both repels and attracts.
My prints stray away from the regulated straight lines of the etching plate. Through the use of various chemical processes and acids the drawing, boundaries, and confinement of the plate decompose. By eroding the metal down to its core these images take on a three dimensional visceral quality. As my work is about materiality, texture and process, the combination of etching with sculpture is an interesting way of exploring how an etching can take on sculptural qualities and how a sculpture can become almost linear: a drawing in a space.