Ian Brown is a printmaker based in Brighton where he runs Volcanic Editions a printmaking workshop specialising in screenprinting and photopolymer etching. He was elected an ARE in 2021. Ian’s practice explores the natural world and recently this has focused on the fragility of our relationship with it. News from the Critical Zone a boxed set of 8 photopolymer etchings is the latest project.
Works in Public Collections include
- V&A Prints and Drawings Collection
- Tate Britain, Artist Book Collection
- Arts Council of Great Britain
- British Libraries, Special Collection
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts,USA
- Printmaking Museum, Guanlan, Shenzen, China
- SMTG Krakov
- Museo Ala Ponzone Cremona, Graphic Arts Collection, Prints and Drawings, Italy
- Duoro Museum Printmaking Biennial Collection, Portugal
News from the Critical Zone
The French philosopher Bruno Latour describes ‘the critical zone” as a space just a few kilometres deep – above and below the surface of the Earth where all discovered life in the universe exists. By collapsing the infinite cosmology opened up by Galileo in this way Latour is telling us we can not endlessly extract resources and discard our waste. We must maintain what we have because it is finite, its local and it’s at risk.
This series of 8 four and five plate photopolymer etchings explore this idea through images connected to climate change and species loss.
The map of the Knepp Estate featured twice provides a glimmer of optimism
* The dates record their extinction in the UK