Matsu III – Wellington, 2017
Drypoint, 470 x 455mm approx. – framed
When all is calm – Wellington, 2017
Drypoint, 295 x 440mm – framed
Growth – Wellington, 2015
Intaglio Woodcut, 270 x 230mm approx. – framed
Kyla Cresswell grew up in Invercargill and studied printmaking at the Otago School of Art under the tutelage of Marilynn Webb and Chris de Jong and alongside fellow artists Kim Lowe and Simon Kaan.
Years working and travelling overseas saw her influenced by the aesthetics of Japan and inspired by the minimal wintery landscapes of Europe and Canada.
Invigorated by being part of print studios in England and Canada, Kyla arrived back home excited about the possibilities of works on paper and in 2006 opened a dedicated gallery in Wellington, Solander.
Kyla’s delicate yet powerful work explores the impact of the elements on the environment, and the consequences of human occupation of the land. She strives to find a sense of stillness and a quiet celebration of nature.
Kyla works predominantly in drypoint, mezzotint and woodcut from her studio on Wellington’s south coast.
In my work, I hope to convey the impression of an environment, the feeling of a place, a slice of time. It seems I am consistently drawn to trees in my art making. Growing up in Invercargill, it was the southern coastline that first sparked my ongoing interest in nature topiarised by extreme conditions. My work over the past two decades has often responded to an environmental concern, from the denuding of land by forestry and agriculture to a diminishing natural landscape and changed habitats. Moving between the scratchy lines of drypoint, the crisp embosses of woodcut to the soft tones of mezzotint, I enjoy exploring the unique mark making and visual effects that these handmade printmaking techniques allow.
“My work often explores the physical impact of the elements on the natural environment, the fragility of this environment and the consequences of our occupation. In the creation of my prints, I strive to find a sense of stillness and show a quiet celebration of the natural world.”
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