Annie Sandano at the Australian Print Workshop Posted on 11 May 13:17

Seed is delighted to present Annie Sandano’s newest collection of prints; the result of three intensive weeks working at The Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne during March this year. Here Sandano enjoyed open access to an incredible range of facilities and shared a working space with some of Australia’s top printmakers.

She developed a vibrant new series of unique and distinct acetate plate prints. In some works she applied flat colour with rollers, while in others she manipulated colour with brushes or thinned it down to create a translucency akin to oil paint. Finishing touches were added to the works on Sandano’s return to NZ.

These works signal exciting developments and evolutions within Sandano’s practice. Among them are a series of portraits with a stylised head topped with flowers and the “Geometric” works, which see the geometric forms of her paintings reimagined within their own spaces, free of other compositional elements and fields of colour. We also see the influence of the Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei exhibition Sandano viewed at Melbourne’s NGV and her trip to Japan immediately after her Melbourne residency in her “Sakura” or Cherry Blossom works.

Originally from Brazil and now based in Whitianga, Sandano’s varied cultural experiences have always informed her printmaking methods and her choice of imagery - it is exciting to see further developments as Sandano returns to her studio brimming with ideas and inspiration from a rich new source.