Pricking Papers

I have worked sculpturally with paper since art college. I like the simplicity and the limitations of the process. I can be intuitive with only a needle and paper. Paper has an immediacy; it is easy to manipulate – there are no preparations or complicated tools. The needle is an easily acquired tool, with a domestic history; as a woman, I identify with this. From an early age, I was taught needlework which I loved and I was good at it. There is a tension between this positive childhood experience and the negative feelings of anger which are expressed by the destruction of the paper in the prickings. I have extended the ideas from paper works to stop animation film.

‘Drawing parallels between the sting of pain with the sting of hurt and anger, the use of jabbed holes/perforations reflect ideas of difficult relationships, that, like the lines of punched holes, are half hidden, half visible and testament/evidence of tension released.’
Kate Stoddart, Curator.

 

                                             ‘Nettle’ © 2017, Flowers and Pain series

 

‘Yarrow’ (2015). Stop animation, duration 01:15.

 

‘Single Clover’, Flowers and Pain series, 2016, paper pricking - Heather Rigg - Artist & Creative Archivist
‘Single Clover’, Flowers and Pain series (2016). Paper pricking.

 

 

‘Portrait of a Man with Succint Expression’, 2014, paper pricking - Heather Rigg - Artist & Creative Archivist
‘Portrait of a Man with Succinct Expression’ (2014). Paper pricking.

 

 

‘Field Buttercup Leaves’, 2016, Flowers and Pain series, paper pricking - Heather Rigg - Artist & Creative Archivist
‘Field Buttercup Leaves’, Flowers and Pain series (2016). Paper pricking.

 

 

‘Plantain’, Flowers and Pain series, 2012, paper pricking - Heather Rigg - Artist & Creative Archivist
‘Plantain’, Flowers and Pain series (2012). Paper pricking.

 

 

‘Yarrow’, Flowers and Pain series, 2014, paper pricking - Heather Rigg - Artist & Creative Archivist
‘Yarrow’, Flowers and Pain series (2014). Paper pricking.