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Preeti Sood

Technician Demonstrator Printmaking – Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

B.F.A Fine Art, MA Printmaking (UAL), M.F.A Fine Art, Ass FHEA

Biography

Preeti is an Indian artist/printmaker currently living and working in Southern England. She has a BFA in Printmaking from Chandigarh College of Arts and a MFA in Printmaking from Santiniketan, West Bengal. Sood also has a MA in Printmaking from Camberwell, UAL. She explores contemporary laser technology in conjunction with traditional printmaking. Her practice has evolved into an exploration of the displacement experienced by individuals inhabiting other cultures. Sood is a member of the Printmakers Council, Poole Printmakers and a Fellow of Higher Education. She has exhibited internationally: Singapore, London, Delhi, New York, Austin, San Francisco, Japan and Canada and was selected for major printmaking shows such as: Originals, Bite, and Pushing Print. In addition she has sold at Affordable Art Fair, London; Art Summit, India; and Singapore Art Fair. Sood’s work has been incorporated into collections such as: Printmakers Council, London; RSA and Jindals Steel, India. Her practice-based research has led to presentations, such as at Impact 8 where she also conducted a master demonstration. Preeti has taught at the University of Lincoln, where she was Artist Print Fellow, she incorporated printmaking into the curriculum at the British School in Delhi, and is currently working at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Professional practice

I became an associate fellow of Higher Education in 2010 whilst studying towards a PGCE, at the University of Lincoln. I was employed as a Teaching Assistant at the summer school programme at University of Arts, London and have taught at The British School India. I have held solo shows in Singapore, London, Lincoln and India. My work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been part of selected shows in Delhi, Bangalore, Japan, New York, Singapore, Canada, Arizona, Sydney and London. My work was accepted at the International Print Centre New York (IPNCY) in the 40th New Prints show—New Prints Autumn—where I exhibited alongside, Norman Ackroyd, Jessica Stockholder, Ed Ruscha, Alex Katz etc. The show toured to The University of Texas at Austin, Visual Arts Center. Some pieces were selected at Originals- Contemporary Printmaking Show at the Mall Gallery in London. My Solo shows include: 2012 “if walls could TALK” Paradox Gallery, Singapore, 2010 ETCHED BIOGRAPHIES – Solo Show at the Lincoln Art Works, Lincoln, UK. 2009 HOME! SWEET HOME! The Noble Sage Art Gallery, London 2007 ‘CARTOGRAPHS within’ Arushie Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy (2010)

Awards

  • neo:printprize 2016 - the John Purcell Paper Award (2016)
  • Scholarship—The University of the Arts, London (2007–2008)
  • Scholarship from ISH (2007–2008)
  • Best Graphic Entry ‘03’ Sahitya Kala Parishad, India (2003)
  • Scholarship—Young Artist award from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, India (2001–2003)

Research Specialism

My practice relates to notions of fragmentation and decomposition, the sense of loss, and issues of cultural identity. The interest in this area includes the idea of the palimpsest; the performativity involved in acts of ripping and effacement; the cross cultural parallels evident in the aesthetic of decayed images in different cities and locations. Rather than simply recording these posters my practice involves appropriating them and using them as a starting point for my work. The potentials afforded by technological innovation suggest innovative ways to engage with printmaking. In the current epoch with today’s developed technology and media we are witnessing a rebirth within Fine Art Printmaking, which has no boundaries. The revolution in printing from an intense, physically laborious, acidic task towards the ease of the digital process has made printing a more accessible and congenial method giving individuals the capacity to produce multiples of any size and on any surface. I have been particularly interested in combining both contemporary and traditional approaches to mark making. Using this approach I excise the printed surface as opposed to inking up a matrix consequently providing a new repertoire of mark making. The excised surface evokes ideas of surface decomposition, erasure and redaction. Such processes need not totally obscure what they erase, in many cases they leave traces, and this residual evidence can provide a sense of loss or absence. This work has lead to me participating in conferences such as: the 42nd annual Southern Graphics SGC International conference in the San Francisco, Bay area (2014); and IMPACT 8, Dundee Borders & Crossings : artist as explorer. I have also recently been invited to co-present a paper and exhibit at IMPACT 9, in Hangzhou, China.  

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