Kirsten Baskett

About the Artist

Kirsten Baskett works from her studio in southeast London, combining teaching with printmaking.

She says: ‘My work is concerned with time and memory, traces and absence.  I use obsolete technology as my impetus; typewriters, cameras, audio and visual equipment, which has had a close human association and has developed a patina or emotional charge through prolonged use.

The memories we hold are fated to become selective, fragmented and faded, so this work is in part a reflection of the need to capture and preserve the memory. Constructing and eroding the image using solar-plate etching, I create a suspended moment which floats between a conscious reality of the familiar and a subconscious dream world of uncertainty. I am interested in the sense of absence and also the trace of a human presence that is left behind. This ‘Einfuhlung’ effect affirms the emotion carried by the object and I strive to draw it out through several stages. Each is devised to dissolve away the original form until only the emotional energy, which it had absorbed, remains.”

For her current body of work, ‘Blueprints’, Kirsten uses highly personal items like stamp albums, dress patterns and family photographs to provide the ‘ready charged’ raw material from which she creates her paper models. These are then cast in clear resin, frozen, suspended and floating; rather like preserved scientific specimens. The once fragile paper becomes indestructible and untouchable rather like the exhibits in a museum.

Baskett then photographs her ‘objects’ and produces prints of the images. She prints onto extremely delicate Japanese Kozo paper. Kirsten uses Prussian Blue to fix the moment, printing with polymer plates, similar to the cyanotype printing of the nineteenth century. Once the image is complete  she then (like her sculptures) encases them in clear resin. The encasement is firstly to protect and preserve the fragile print but also serves to echo the story in her sculptures of suspension: a piece permanently frozen in time.

Labour of LoveLabour of Love
Labour of Love
Printed Paper and Cast Resin
Size: 250mm x 140mm x 200
 POA

Unwritten

Unwritten
Printed Paper and Cast resin 
Size: 300mm x 260mm x 300mm
 POA

Collect the World
Collect the World
Printed Paper and Cast Resin
Size: 300mm x 180mm x 310mm
 POA

mechanism with feeling
Mechanism with Feeling
Heliogravure etching and screen print on Japanese Kozo cast in resin
Size: 1170mm x 890mm
 POA

50ft woman
50ft Woman
Printed Paper and Cast resin 
Size: 160mm x 250mm x 250mm
 POA

chromatic soul
Chromatic Soul
Printed Paper and Cast Resin
Size: 290mm x 290mm x 290mm
 POA

captured
Captured
Heliogravure etching and screen print on Japanese Kozo cast in resin
Size: 1170mm x 890mm
 POA

Repeat_to_Fade
Repeat to Fade

Heliogravure etching and screen print on Japanese Kozo cast in resin
Size: 1170mm x 890mm
 POA

mechanism with feeling
Mechanism with Feeling

Printed Paper, Cast Resin and Plinth (Unique)
Size: 470mm x 570mm x 570mm (Incl Plinth)
 POA

qwerty
QWERTY

Limited Edition Photo Etching on Japanese Kozo Paper
Signed and Numbered Ed of 50
Size: 620mm x 420mm
&
Size: 430mm x 290mm
 POA

radiate
Radiate

Limited Edition Photo Etching on Japanese Kozo Paper
Signed and Numbered Ed of 10
Size: 1170mm x 890mm

&
Size: 900mm x 560mm
POA

writer tn
Writer

Printed Paper, Cast Resin and Plinth (Unique)
Size: 980mm x 770mm x 770mm (Incl Plinth)
 POA

 

autonoma
Autonoma

Limited Edition Photo Etching on Japanese Kozo Paper
Signed and Numbered Ed of 15
Size: 900mm x 560mm
 POA

suspended II (1)
S
uspended II
Limited Edition Photo Etching on Japanese Kozo Paper
Signed and Numbered Ed of 10
Size: 1170mm x 890mm
  POA

blue postscript sculpture
Blue Postscript Sculpture

Printed Paper, Cast Resin and Cast Concrete Plinth (Unique)
Size: 445mm x 445mm x 620mm
 SOLD

postscript II
Postscript II

Limited Edition Photo Etching on Japanese Kozo Paper
Signed and Numbered Ed of 10
Size: 1170mm x 890mm
  POA

postscript III (2)
Postscript lll

Limited Edition Photo Etching on Japanese Kozo Paper
Signed and Numbered Ed of 10
Size: 1170mm x 890mm
 POA

machine made
Machine Made 

Printed Paper, Cast Resin and Cast Concrete Plinth (Unique)
Size Including Plinth: 940mm x 390mm x 300mm
POA

postscript
Postscript

Printed Paper, Cast Resin and Cast Concrete Plinth (Unique)
Size Including Plinth: 535mm x 445mm x 430mm
 
SOLD