2017 - Mar
Mediterranea is a limited edition series of screen prints, based upon a wider body of work Crossings (2015- ongoing). Beginning life as found media images, the print titles reference idyllic household paint names; "Fare Thee Well, Utopia Beckons, No Boundaries, English Primrose, Sundown, California Dreaming, Adrift at Sea..." Juxtaposed alongside images of the recent Mediterranean migrant 'crisis' these romanticized paint names take on new meaning; creating tension and paradoxes between the images and their context. Kwant's selective re-appropriation of media images seeks to open up a space to question wider narratives - the very form of screen printing as a medium, bears in it's fabric associations with consumerism. The images once produced for media output have here been edited, and playfully deconstructed, opening up space to question our perception of reality.
Elizabeth Kwant is lives and works in Manchester, and is a member of Rogue Artist Studios. The production of 'Crossings' has been kindly supported by The Castlefield Gallery's New Art Spaces and Seedbed.