6 questions for Eimearjean McCormack

Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Inprint, featuring work by Eimearjean and Noud Aartsen is on display in the gallery until August 31st.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Informed by appropriated imagery that is re-contextualized through the print process my work explores how visual experimentation of existing material can further develop how we regard printed matter. Combining traditional and digital processes is central to my practice because it allows me to work intuitively overprinting images and text. This mainly involves cutting and pasting by hand before scanning and manipulating the image to generate positives for printing.

Most recently my work has centered on creating artist’s books, zines and one off publications. I am particularly interested in how this medium has positioned itself at the intersection of literature, visual art, photography and graphic design while also advocating the use of experimental media. Influence and engagement with this medium is now vast and publications are commonly at the center of creative practice connecting disciplines and permitting artists like myself to easily extend beyond the studio or gallery.

When/how did you first become interested in photography?
Having specialized in printmaking at the early stages of my career this discipline allowed for the seamless incorporation of photographic images using a variety of photo based techniques such as silkscreen, photo intaglio, photogravure and photolithography. I have since continued to practice and explore alternative photographic processes integrating digital strategies of negative production with traditional lightsensitive
materials.

What artists do you admire?
Having studied both fine art and graphic design I am influenced by a broad range of artists. There are too many to mention… but those who come to mind are Dieter Roth, Sol Lewitt, Irma Boom, Tauba Auerbach, Alice Maher, John Baldasari, Anna Atkins Richard Prince, David Hockney, joseph Beuys, Elisabeth Tonnard, Yayoi Kusama…

Do you have any advice for people interested in pursuing an art degree?
My main advice would be not to limit yourself to any one process or discipline and don’t rely on social media for information or inspiration. Visit a wide range of exhibitions as much as possible.

Do you listen to music while working? What is your go to album/ artist?
I always listen to music or podcasts while I’m working and I have a few go to albums which again are pretty varied in style. They range from Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Let England Shake – Pj Harvey or Nirvana – In Utero to Frank Ocean – Blonde, Quiet Village -Silent Movie or Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

What are you currently working on?
I am taking full advantage of the summer sunshine by trying to complete a series of large format cyanotypes I have been working on for a few years. I am also designing a limited edition publication for London based Artist David Ferry based on the 1970s cult film ‘The Wicker Man’

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