AUB Technician Demonstrator, Preeti Sood, has won the John Purcell Paper Award at neo:printprize2016,

Preeti received the award for her work The Gathering, which was shortlisted from over 600 entries.

She tells us more: “This award means a lot to me, as I have been engraving on paper over the past seven years and looking into paper and light in the post print age. I am interested in notions of fragmentation and decomposition, the sense of loss, and issues of cultural identity. The images I use in my work are ripped apart, restitched and recreated exploring the delicacy and elegance – paper offers once it is engraved. In the piece called The Gathering, images engraved were collected both from India and UK.

I remember being taught ,”Printing implies reproduction whereas making implies innovation; hovering between these two points gives us a lot of scope in the subject. Printmaking is an extra ordinary broad and flexible medium which is constantly reviewing itself – endlessly inventive.” I wish to share this enthusiasm, inspire my students here at  Arts University Bournemouth and to engage them in making through process and find creative solutions to solve visual problems – push the boundaries and redefine printmaking as it has so much to offer.

I am truly grateful to all the judges, Gill Saunders Senior Curator Victoria & Albert Museum, Rachel Gladfelter Director Pace Prints New York, Jo Stockham Artist, Professor and Head of the Print Programme, Royal College of Art, Nancy Campbell Artist/Writer, Editor of Printmaking Today, Jason Simpson, Julie Levy Director of Neo:studio and all the directors of John Purcell Paper for the award and the opportunity to showcase my work alongside others at neo:print 2016.”

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