Bristol based artist Ian Chamberlain’s work takes its influence from man-made structures. Reinterpreting them as monuments placed within the landscape, these objects in turn become landmarks of their time. The etchings serve as a visual historical document and record. As the Maunsell Sea Fort is slowly subjected to persistent erosion, Ian’s prints become a documentation, capturing the moment in time before the inevitable occurs.
Devoid of human presence, architectural scale becomes ambiguous in Ian’s images. Physical measurement no longer possible it is up to the viewer to place the structures within a setting.
Using the traditional print process of etching, his aim is to represent and interpret the form and function of these objects, the copper surface is constantly revisited and altered continually evolving. The etching process has not significantly altered for over 500 years which adds to Ian’s interest in recording new technology with such a traditional process.
Ian has exhibited extensively within the UK, his work can currently be seen in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and has been shortlisted for the 2014 John Ruskin prize, as well as in Hong Kong, New York, Barcelona and Berlin. He is a Senior Lecturer in MA Printmaking at the University of the West of England, Bristol.