Anita Nita, on her new work from 2018:
These are woodblocks, printed on Japanese koji paper. These small editions are labelled “EV”, experimental variation, indicating that each print is an ongoing trial of colour, and form to create one image to “go live” as a series.
In Japan traditional hand-printed woodcuts were sewn together as pages in a book, trimming off roughness around the margins. Framing woodcut prints was not customary because wall hanging space in Japanese homes was sparse. Traditionally the print title and the artists name was embedded in the image as decorative script. I have moved away from this with title and signature hand-written in the border beneath the image. Graphite was chosen for titles for its expressiveness and because it does not fade.
Local people and familiar places feature in the new watercolours.