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Soraya

The artork I make is diverse. I produce drawings, prints, collage, books, sewn pieces and other objects. The mainstay of my practice is drawing, but drawing in its broadest sense; with scissors, needles, tin snips, fretsaw, on lithography stone. It is about making shapes and the spaces within a line.

I am interested in the daily rituals of life and the relationship of the domestic environment with the outside world. I work from a home-based studio. I am drawn to found materials that carry past associations, despite the artists’ intervention.

My current projects include ceramic pieces inspired by Hieronymus Bosch paintings, a reinterpretation of Renaissance portraits using recycled printed tin cans, cut and riveted together, and story telling in print. I also make collage works using patterned paper from the inside of business envelopes. These feature traditional art subjects, still lives and the human figure drawn from life.

In 2011 I was the lithography intern at Leicester Print Workshop.  This involved a back to basics familiarization with the materials and possibilities of stone lithography. The year\'s learning culminated in me printing small edition of a children’s book written with my husband.

I am also interested in conceiving work in response to location, and am happy to work on large pieces or on an intimate scale. In the spring of 2009 I undertook a project called A Cake For Every Day. Working with a small independent bakery in Stamford, Lincolnshire, a different cake was made daily and placed centre stage in the shop window to be seen, bought and consumed. The project has a website www.acakeforeveryday.com. The idea was inspired by a 1919’s cake recipe book, The Everyday Cake Book.

From January 2003 till December 2013 I kept Scrap Diaries. Each day I selected a memento from the day’s activities. It was fixed and dated into a handmade book made from folded DL envelopes. Bus or exhibition tickets or shopping receipts take on a new significance when archived in this way. As individual objects they are mundane, but placed within a series of books they take on a more serious intent, a desire to reflect/recall the passing of time, different phases of a life: children growing, the death of a parent. This ‘minutiae of memory’ parallels the written diary but gives the viewer more scope for personal reflection. Unfortunately my date stamp stopped at 2103; so I changed my approach for 2014. Instead of sticking the mementos into a book, I collected scraps by the month before soaking them, then compressing them into bricks. I continue to work with ideas that catalogue my life from scraps of paper. 

Though a friendship with Architect Enric Miralles I was given the opportunity to be part of the Scottish Parliament project team and was personally responsible for the design of The Cannongate Wall, a 30metre wall leading to the Parliamentarians entrance. The wall is a montage of Scottish stone, text pieces and drawn line on cast concrete.

I completed Foundation at Chelsea College of Art and a B.A Fine Art Middlesex Polytechnic in London followed by an M.A at The University of Northumbria.

Articles

I call the pieces of writing found here my random ramblings. There is no general theme or a coherence of subject matter, not even consistency of voice. I am known for mumbling. I have a dis-clariture of thoughts, both spoken and written. Thoughts, disjunctures, sub-clauses, tangents and mis-comprehensions compete and clamor for attention and make writing strangely painful. I find it hard to grasp any clarity in a thread or arguments so that the reader can understand what exactly I am trying to say. Dyslexia and a general muddled train of thought make it hard for me to write. I fear my written word and the mistakes I can make. However sometimes there is no better way to express an idea, think something though or mark the completion of a project. Writing can also bring me great satisfaction and the wrestling I have made with words can ultimately bring resolution to an idea.

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23/10/2012 Why Lithography
16/10/2015 Badges of Honour, or weapons of compromise