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Kristen McClarty, a dedicated printmaker based in Kommetjie, outside Cape Town, South Africa, brings a unique perspective to her art practice, with a primary focus on relief and monotype printmaking techniques. McClarty's work is characterised by an authentic connection with materials, a crucial element in her storytelling.

In her artistic journey, McClarty seeks to embody the essence of wood in her prints, drawing inspiration from the concept that lived experiences linger in the environment, leaving traces on various surfaces. Her recent woodblocks delve into the idea that a residual energy, reluctant to depart, is imprinted on rock surfaces, droplets of water, and suspended particles in the air and liquid—a narrative captured in the very structure of the environment.

 McClarty's connection with the environment extends beyond the realm of woodblock printing to the fluidity of sea swimming. The rhythmic movements of swimmers, the interplay of light on water, and the tactile sensations of water become integral elements in her artistic exploration.

 CIRCLE is delighted to feature Kristen McClarty's latest prints -Trace of a red tide and Leaving trace in deep water. Each print is part of a limited edition of four woodcuts, accompanied by a single artist proof printed on hemp lace, 27 gsm, meticulously handcrafted by Awagami in Japan.

 Awagami paper, with its delicate appearance and remarkable strength stemming from a unique combination of fibre and a meticulous handcrafting process, plays a crucial role in McClarty's artistic expression. Rooted in Japanese tradition and craftsmanship, Awagami paper embodies time-honored techniques passed down through generations.

 This collaboration between McClarty and Awagami reflects a global fusion of artistic traditions, where cultural richness meets contemporary expression. The prints not only tell a story of materiality and lived experiences but also serve as a testament to the shared appreciation for craftsmanship and creativity across borders. 

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Leaving trace in deep water 


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