Ralph Overill

“My recent practice feeds off the edgelands, verges and terrain-vagues of our environment. I choose to explore these liminal landscapes through printmaking, mirroring their delicate states as they teeter on the edge of ruin, with my own approach, injecting spontaneous decisions and embracing serendipitous results until I am working on the edge of control. I take inspiration from their unpredictable, disjointed forms by working with fragments of imagery, fusing them together in collisions that imagine possible or impossible places and the vagrant creatures that might inhabit them.

The materiality of printmaking interests me; can the haptic gestures and traces of process build a physical memory in the work? One that connects to my own recollections of journeys past; through the wastelands and non-lands of Essex where I grew up exploring and still wander now…”