Loraine Monk is an academic and artist. Coming from a working-class background, her politics, academic research and artist practice have all been influenced by this heritage. Her work is inspired by history and a sense of place and community.
Recently she has been expanding her practice to printing. As with the majority of Monk’s work, this exploration has a historical basis. Taking inspiration from 20th Century German Expressionist Woodcuts, particularly Kathe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann.
She has been exploring wood cutting/engraving in print, through an ‘archaeology of digging deeper into power relations, and representations of this in art.’ This requires the viewer to ‘dig’ at her pieces, literally uncovering through ghost-like and blurred images, the inequality of power relations and occlude histories of certain people, places and ideas.