Richard Wade - Fine Artist

Research Statement

In Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2001), Rebecca Solnit examines place as the tangible landscape of memory. My research has centered upon the process of walking in relation to place. I am interested in the fashion in which we project our own experiences onto the places we pass through and inhabit, which over time come to hold memories informing our identity and help us to form cultural values and attachments. As my project has progressed I have become interested in the effects of technology upon our perception of place and how this interferes with and becomes a substitute for memory.

Taking visual references from historical artists including the Norwich School of painters and contemporary practitioners such as Christopher Cook, Gerhard Richter and Dan Hays I have experimented across a range of mediums including drawing, painting and print making. I have subjected my imagery to a number of processes and techniques in order to explore and experiment with themes around memory, place and time. I am interested in the interplay and blurring of boundaries between print and paint, colour and its absence as well as the crossover between technological processes and hand crafted imagery as a visual metaphor.