Irmgard Parth

Virtually all of my work is based on my emotional response to landscape: usually, but not exclusively, the shapes of the mountains in my native Tirol.

For the woodcuts I make sketchbook drawings which have just enough information to stimulate my memory. My work does not reflect on anecdotal particulars. The prints develop through a process that has been described as “poetic recollection”. My emotional response is tempered by the rigours of making a colour woodcut: considering the shapes, harmonising the colour and making use of the grain of the wood to suggest texture. These factors lead to a pairing down, a simplification of the image which can verge on the abstract but has a firm foundation in fact.

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