Lynne Blackburn


My work is about the memories and history embedded within familiar places and buildings – the human traces left behind in buildings, and on everyday objects, from the visual traces to subconscious and psychological ones. I’m interested in how the fabric of a building, and the objects within it, show and mark the passing of time and how, by recording traces of personal memory, a sense of a broader social and historical memory is evoked.

My images begin as digital photos taken with my camera phone. The unobtrusive nature of the camera phone allows me to capture quiet, private moments in time where there is the space to remember past experiences. The compositions are intuitive and the low quality of the photographs gives the feeling of a snapshot. By their nature these images are disposable, usually viewed then deleted. I take the impermanent images through a lengthy process of digital deconstruction and reassembly, and then print them as multi layered screenprints, often onto ‘found’ boards which bring their own history to the final piece. I see this as an attempt to substantiate and objectify them; to give them status and to preserve them as a souvenir or memento; to supplement my memories of a place and to recapture the experiences I had there. I’m also trying to portray historical memories and evoke similar emotions in others who have ‘passed this way’. The chairs and bar stools in my images symbolically stand in for absent people and suggest relationships between them. Although the images are still and quiet the empty chairs suggest events which have already passed or which have the potential to happen. The images show the familiar, everyday or mundane yet they appear mysterious, and slightly ambiguous, as if there are things going on just out of sight, or as if trying to grasp a fading memory.


    • Postgraduate Show, Camberwell College of Arts
    • Eleven, East London Printmakers group show, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London
    • Inside Out, House Gallery, 70 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London
    • Wonderland, East London Printmakers group show, Brueder Grimm Museum, Kassel, Germany
    • Wonderland, East London Printmakers group show, Fairytale Museum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
    • An Act of Happening, Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London
    • I Am Ten, East London Printmakers group show, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London
    • The Babylon Academy, Piccadilly Circus, London
    • 13, Changing Room Gallery, Forest Road, London

    Education & qualifications

    2007 – 2009 MA Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts
    1984 – 1987 BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking, Maidstone College of Art & Design
    1986 – 1987 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design

    Group exhibitions


    • Loveletter to London, GLA, City Hall, London
    • Christmas Show, Menier Gallery, London
    • The Year of the Dog, Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow, London
    • HELP, East London Printmakers group show, St. Pancras Hospital, London
    • ELP at the TEA, East London Printmakers group show, Workplace Art, Studio G1, Tea Building, Shoreditch, London
    • East London Printmakers group show, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex
    • Antidote, Shopfront, Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London
    • An East End Journey, East London Printmakers group show, Vital Arts, The Royal London Hospital