26th March 2009, 12:31pm
Preeti’s urban artwork picked for international exhibition
Preeti Sood An artist whose work is inspired by the ripped posters plastered over walls in towns and cities around the world will have her prints featured in an international touring exhibition.

Preeti Sood, a printmaking fellow at the University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design, takes her inspiration from the urban ephemera that many people regard as rubbish.

Now one of her pieces has been chosen for inclusion in the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, organised by the Printmakers’ Council.

Preeti’s work explores notions of memory, time and space within urban landscapes. She draws much of her inspiration from India, where she was born and lived until recently. But it was while living in London, where she studied an MA in Printmaking, that her fascination with fly posters – and what they say about urban streets around the world – developed further.

She said: “What intrigues me most about these posters is their decay and the juxtaposition of one next to another. To me they are records of time and memories - practically the remains. I believe they are an open history – an autobiography of the wall that they are stuck on.”

Preeti begins the printmaking process by taking photographs of ripped and decaying posters on the walls of buildings, telephone booths and fences. She then uses a range of experimental printmaking techniques to create location-specific installations to express her own feelings of displacement.

One of these pieces, MINIATURE PAINTING-II, has been selected for the 7th British International Mini Print Exhibition. The exhibition opening and prize giving ceremony takes place at the London Print Studio on 26 March. The exhibition will then tour the following locations:

24 April to 24 May 2009: Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber
13 June to 25 July 2009: Melton Library Art Gallery, Leicestershire
8 August to 26 September 2009: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
9 October to 6 November 2009: Grampian Hospital Arts Trust, Aberdeen
13 November to 24 December 2009: Gracefields Arts Centre, Dumfries
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