The value of space

I often leave an area of space within my print work: perhaps for the subject to breathe, to be confined, or to emphasise the closeness between grouped figures. In my new metal work space is also important, as I like to be able to look through and around the work as well as seeing the lines of the image itself. I like to see the shadows cast, which help to increase the scale of the piece with movement and distortion suggesting freedom and autonomy; the image can roam where it will. Coming from the generally small and precise world of wood engraving this is very liberating—but I think the printmaker in me may have the last word as I find myself wanting to print my metal work!