Gillian Garnica (1980) is a Printmaker who lives and works in Bristol. She has a First-Class Degree in Photography and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking. In 2013 she won the Galleries Magazine Award at BITE: Artists Making Prints and received the Rebecca Smith Award. In 2015, Gillian was the recipient of a Print Fellowship from the University of the West of England and was given a bursary to study etching at Crown Point Press in San Francisco.
Gillian works as a Technical Instructor in the Print Centre at UWE and is a Tutor and Editioner at Spike Print Studio.
Gillian’s work is about paring down line and form to a minimum in order to create a quiet yet powerful presence. Her background as a photographer informs her approach to printmaking as she seeks out chance compositions in the world, reducing structures to their most basic, as if discovering a found drawing. These spare compositions convey a repose from the noise and fast pace of contemporary life. The work is both the feel of the printed paper as an object and the small details within, asking to be looked at closer to notice subtle variations that add depth and character to the piece.
It's the distillation of an image that interests me most and the indirect nature of etching lends itself perfectly to this Chinese whispering effect. I was drawn to etching because of the alchemy of the medium. I embrace the fact that this process makes you slow down and that you never quite know what you are going to get until the plate is printed.