Hannah Fletcher is our final featured LCC Foundation Diploma Art and Design student. Hannah will be exhibiting her work alongside over four hundred other talented young artists and designers in LCC’s first summer show of 2014, ‘Making Progress’, opening today through to Thursday 1 May.
Hannah is showing a series of chemigrams, abstract images produced by “painting with chemicals” on photographic light-sensitive paper. Whilst she used fixer and developer to create the light and dark tones respectively, she turned to more inventive ingredients to create more abstract effects including olive oil, golden syrup, PVA glue, Pritt Stick, nail varnish, Sellotape, masking tape, parcel tape, oil pastels, fairly liquid and soap.
Fascinated by darkroom chemistry and alternative darkroom techniques, Hannah was inspired by the labyrinths of lines and shapes in the work of Pierre Cordier. “I started to link chemicals in the darkroom with the chemistry of our brain,” Hannah explains. “I was thinking about the way that drugs can create a chemical imbalance in the brain and cause us to view the world around us differently, similarly to the way that chemicals can be used on photosensitive paper to produce different and unpredictable outcomes. I decided to research artists’ use of drugs by experimenting with chemistry in the darkroom.”
See Hannah’s work at ‘Making Progress: LCC Foundation Diploma Art and Design Show 2014’
Exhibition Open: Monday 28 April – Thursday 1 May 10am-5pm
Private View: Tuesday 29 April 6-9pm
Venue: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle