While primarily a printmaker, Tessa Holmes works in a variety of mediums, including photography, illustration and small-scale sculpture. “I have an eclectic approach to my practice” she says – I don’t fit into any particular mould – each process feeds into the other and that keeps my work moving forward”
Capturing a sense of ‘place and space’ is the drive behind her printmaking. She is absorbed by the process of translating the physical experience of landscape into a visual representation that is less immediate or apparent.
Recently her abstracted prints have been inspired by landscape of East Sussex –Recalling small ‘fragments of memory’, her images evoke a familiar topography: furrows of a ploughed field, the bend of a river, shape of pasture land, lines of crops etc. While in lockdown, without a press, she has produced more painterly images of this landscape using only rollers and paper stencils.
She is currently creating an ongoing series of digital drawings that record the coastline of Rye Bay. Fascinated by this constantly shifting landscape (tides, weather, light etc), her spontaneous drawings graphically capture this sense of space and movement.
Other works include the Periodic Table (hand-printed letterpress and badges) and Wiromals – small quirky ‘wire drawings’ that depict a range of wild animals and domestic pets.
Holmes graduated from London Guildhall University 1996 with a BA in Fine and Applied Art. She successfully completed an MFA in printmaking at the Slade School of Art two years later. She went on to teach printmaking at the London College of Communication for twelve years. She now has a small studio, eTCH Studio23, on Havelock Walk in Forest Hill, south east London. Her work is held in a number of public collections, including the Government Art Collection, Scarborough Museum and the V&A. She exhibits frequently throughout the UK.
Look at Tessa’s Virtual art gallery