Letitia Tunstall, printmaker.
I have chosen 3 prints produced by Letitia Tunstall, a printmaker who predominately uses collagraph and mono prints.
Letitia comments: ”Preoccupied with landscape and intuitive feelings to record that which the eye cannot see to evokes a sense of place”. She says her new work has been inspired by a four-acre site encompassing the Coldrum Stones, a Neolithic burial site near Trottiscliffe.
The smaller print suggests an aerial view of an ancient burial site, each circle offering a suggestion of the bones beneath the surface. Perhaps imagining body like cocoons, enclosed within the shapes.
The whole suggests a community of graves connected with (possibly Ley) lines and contours, bringing the viewer into a protected and sacred site.
Images 2 and 3 offer different perspectives of standing stone – they could equally be breakers on a shore or posts in a broken fence, either interpretation clearly shows the direction from which the light enters, horizon lines and the lighter background shows the sky receding and the foreground as a darker mass (proving aerial perspective).
I particularly like the gray-scale used in these to pieces, it give a quality of life to the monoliths, enhances the line and exaggerates the textures – rough earth, smooth stones.
By clearly defining the horizon in each piece, the eye is drawn to the standing stones which protrude above it, bringing the viewer into the picture.