I make prints about the experience of being outdoors, informed by specific landscapes and the secret life of the plants and creatures that inhabit these spaces.
Angie Rogers prizewinning woodcuts are well known in Yorkshire and her landscape and wildlife based images have frequently been commissioned by countryside and conservation agencies. “My work sits within the tradition of English landscape art. I make prints about the experience of being outdoors, informed by specific landscapes and the secret life of the plants and creatures that inhabit these spaces. My daily walks around the South Pennine moors and valleys have given me a deep familiarity with this terrain and the accumulated memories of place become the basis of image making.
I like working with natural materials and I enjoy the tactile qualities of making woodcut prints. Recently however for the sake of my joints I've started using a combination of wood and lino blocks. I'm not very interested in producing large numbers of identical prints and so these days I mostly produce variable editions which allow me to explore a range of colour choices.”
I was brought up on the edge of Birmingham where the city and the countryside converge and as an adult I am often drawn to hybrid spaces where the man-made and the natural interlace.
I have lived in the South Pennines for a long time and find the austere landscape both a challenge and a joy.Out on the moors I use sketchbook and camera to record my impressions of the shifting light, changing weather and seasonal growth patterns throughout the year, alongside the effects of the passage of time on human settlements and man-made structures. Over the past 5 years Angie worked on a project ‘This World Of Wet And Of Wildness’ which were responses to the experience of walking on the high moors of the South Pennines where land and water are interlaced in a complex relationship between man-made containment structures and natural forces.
The austere and treeless moors are enlivened by a complex network of drains, conduits and reservoirs whose valve towers hold a particular fascination. Their specific function of controlling the outflow of water results in a common form - a small building perched on top of a tall vertical pipe - but within that limitation there is a surprising amount of ornamentation and variety in the architectural detail which references the style of castles, chapels, watchtowers and gazebos. Back in the studio these sketches and the accumulated memories of place become the basis for image making.
Angie has work in private collections in the UK, Australia, Europe and the USA.