Lot 165 - Valeska Hykel - Solemn Light
Monotype Screen Print
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Curated by Art on a Postcard
Valeska Hykel is a painter and printmaker whose work is an ongoing dialogue between these two practices. Hykel’s recent series of screen-printed monotypes explore longing, homesickness and Panmnemism: the idea that inanimate objects can hold onto memories. Considering wallpaper, textiles and the possessions that surround us as silent observers of the human experience, she proposes that these objects absorb our trivial day-to-day; our joys; our traumas and repeat them back in distorted echoes. Examining these interrelationships, the work seeks to reflect her experience of a haunted present.
By painting directly onto the screen’s mesh, these expressive monotypes toy with the boundaries of painting within print. In them, Hykel ensures that the hand of the artist is visible and allows the scars of the process to add to their narrative.
Hykel’s solo exhibition and residency, I’ll Take You, showed at Lollapalooza Gallery, Oxford and group exhibitions have included work at Modern Art Oxford, Ovada Gallery, Moulin Rouge (Paris) and Arnolfini, among others.
Hykel graduated with an MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking from the University of the West of England, where she was awarded the Rebecca Smith Prize for Printmaking in 2022.
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