Full Name: Raimond de Weerdt
Hi Raimond. Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice.
I am an artist living in Lismore in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. My art practice spans over 20 years and I work with digital photography and alternative photographic printing
techniques. I am also part of Facing Australia, a long-running collaborative photographic project. My work can be found in institutional and private collections both in Australia and overseas.
Why did you enter the FAC Print Award? Is this your first time being part of the award?
This is my first time being a finalist in the FAC Print Award. I entered this award because over the last few years I have been enjoying producing works on paper which lean towards a contemporary form of printmaking.
Tell us about your work in this year’s FAC Print Award?
The print, Forgotten Summer 2, is part of a larger suite of my current work that focuses on re-using photographic images that carry the label CC0, which means that these images are free, ready for private and commercial use, no attribution required. There are some 2.5 million CC0 images on the internet. A number of these images have no known author and or date of creation, which was either lost or was never recorded. A photograph has the ability to depict a place and time so accurately, but without additional information about the moment, a photograph very quickly becomes a forgotten moment, divorced from its referent. My current work is about re-working and repurposing these images, by adding graphic elements, and by combining images together, to create an afterlife as it were, for these otherwise forgotten moments.
What do you think about the state of contemporary Australian printmaking?
I think that Australian contemporary printmaking is one of the most exciting areas for artists to explore, it encompasses and welcomes a wide array of techniques and applications contributing to the vast expanse of what printmaking can be. The future of Australian print making looks exciting!
What’s up next? Where else can people see your work? (other exhibitions, projects etc.)
I am currently in production with Facing Australia for an exhibition in November at the Museum of Albury. I am also producing a large Camera Obscura for the Lismore Regional Art Gallery in November. In January I am part of an alternative photographic festival in Barcelona.