If you're a contemporary artist specialising in film, site-specific installation or performance, how would you respond to the opportunity to explore the traditional processes of printmaking? How might it develop or enhance your practice? A project launched by Double Elephant Print Workshop enabled several artists the chance to find out. Among them were Steven Paige, who developed work in response to the Ted Hughes and Leonard Baskin collection held within the University of Exeter's Special Collections. Here's a video of him speaking about his experience as artist-in-residence within the archives.
Steven's residency ended with an exhibition at the University of Exeter that included prints, video, publications and ephemera. His focus was on the more primal aspects of human nature once described by Leonard Baskin in a conversation with Ted Hughes as 'crow haunted and death involved'. Steven spoke of his installation A Treatise on Beasts (after Physiologus) as "a visual recanting of possible parables in the form of an active collection."
His work encourages new interpretations of the collaborative works of Leonard Baskin and Ted Hughes, but his residency within the archives at Exeter also had implications for the ways in which he approached traditional media like print. Could you also view archives as a means of developing your own artistic practice?