Paulette Bansal

Paulette Bansal is a printmaker living and working in Manchester. Her work derives from observation and experiences in places frequented locally and further afield. The recorded narrative is often abstracted and then reconstructed.

‘My approach to printmaking is experimental, intuitive and ordered all at the same time. I draw directly onto a plate to create and build up marks using adopted print processes etching, drypoint, carborundum, mono-print and more recently introducing elements of collage.

‘I have found that ‘a sense of place’ is where I always start from and when you are working towards exhibitions you have to focus on a specific body of work but would welcome time to explore without a deadline.

The pieces I have submitted for this exhibition are from a closer look Bexley Square in Salford near the workshop where I print, plus is the home of the stately Salford Town Hall Building and famous site of the 1931 workers movement demonstration.

I was naturally drawn in by the linear forms and blocks of single colour observed on a Saturday when all the shutters were down. I was compelled to revisit the site on a weekday to witness the transformations in the shop fronts when the shutters were open again. These repetitive sequences of the linear format provided the initial inspiration for this series of prints. The historical context of this Square inspired the introduction of red in ‘Chaos at Bexley Square’.’