The prints I make have their roots deeply embedded in the subconscious. With a strong figurative background the images begin as fine line drawings freely drawn where inner thoughts are permitted to come to the surface.
My two main areas of printmaking are etching and linocuts, both offering contrasting and challenging techniques.
After the initial drawings, the images are re-worked on a larger scale to find a balance in the composition before the final design comes together. In linocuts the pattern within the overall image is created as the lino cutting begins; interacting with the positive/negative marks, keeping the process playful and fresh.
My parallel training in contemporary dance and choreography all have an input into the image experimenting with the composition and rhythm beneath the surface of the prints.
The two linocuts in the exhibition are based on images from my book of line drawings, titled ‘Ocean Swell’, which is to be published this September. The drawings tell the story of two people who submerge themselves into the ocean for an underwater adventure overseen by their patient soulkeepers.
Richenda works at Ochre Print Studios, Guildford and Morley College, London as a Printmaking Lecturer.