Preeti Sood

This spirit of technological innovation has encouraged me to explore
contemporary laser technology in conjunction with traditionally practiced
printmaking processes. This body of work is focused on my practice-based
research located within Fine Art, revolving around notions of Absence and
Presence, whereby I explore the concept of “GLOCAL” (Global + Local)
within an urban landscape in the context of India where I grew up and Britain
where I now live. After my shifting here, I was impressed by similarities and
contradictions between the two distinct city spaces of Delhi and London. My
practice has evolved into an exploration of this sense of displacement
experienced by individuals inhabiting two disparate cultures, through the
medium of print. From initial photographic research I started using a wide
and experimental range of printmaking techniques to devise location specific
installations, exploring my inherent cultural and ideological notions and
preconceptions of England.

The similarities with Delhi fuelled my fascination with poster images. I seek
not to alter but to catalogue them and photography has become a key
element to this process. What intrigues me most is how these decaying
images layered up represent the contrast of a decaying past and a living
present. This inspired me to use laser machine as a tool to engrave and etch
on to the paper directly with the use of digital matrix. I strive to use this
format of etching on to paper and converting it into a delicate tissue like
image to communicate my own message of feeling torn and displaced
between cultures through my work.

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