Jacqueline Aust

There is nothing that says 'I am here' as simply or directly as a gestural mark. Autographic marks can express a sense of individuality, captured in a moment. In an art world where print is ubiquitous, printmaking discussions are constantly peppered with questions about the mechanics of production and the autographic effect of the artist's unique mark on the aesthetic of numerous reproductions. 

My work explores the relationship between autographic mark making, a response to place, and the mechanics of making multiple images.

Three artist residencies in Spain, Australia and New Zealand (Rakiura - Stewart Island), between 2015 and 2016, have influenced my current body of work through which I consider the effect of man-made structures (both physical and idealogical) on our relationship with the natural environment.

Each print in my most recent series is unique, yet begins with the same print matrix on which expressive marks are laid as if creating a map for navigation.  Each layer serves to obscure and reveal, leaving a history and residue. This layering process imitates my recollection of physical experience and visual perspective, tracing a path from past to present to future, all the while oscillating between external and internal worlds.

Jacqueline also works as a sculptor and has exhibited 2D and 3D works throughout New Zealand

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Title: The deep
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Title: Unthreaded
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Title: Burning
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Title: Caught
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Title: Memento mori
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Title: Danse macabre
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Title: Rakiura II
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Title: Blue light
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Title: Hiding Out
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Title: Marks III
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Title: Marks I
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Title: Suspended
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Title: Flit
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Title: Marks II
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Title: Early Rise
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Title: Babel Lurking
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Title: Look Out
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Title: The Keep
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Title: Plato's Cave
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