Featured Artist of the Month – Grete Dalum-Tilds

Written by Forge

On May 31, 2024

Welcome to our “Featured Artist of the Month” interview, where we explore the creative journeys and practices of inspiring artists. This month, we are delighted to feature Grete Dalum-Tilds, an innovative artist whose work intertwines the natural world with the subtleties of human impact and perception. Her unique approach combines writing, printmaking, and lens-based methods to capture moments of silence and balance in our environment.

How would you describe your current practice (eg materials, techniques, themes, key questions, approach)?

My current practice is based on the relationship we have to the world around us; we impact on nature, and our environment has an influence on us. This is reflected in the synthesis between my writing exploration and my printmaking. Using lens-based methods, I record and observe instances of silence or balance that stand out. In 2022-23 when I was awarded a develop your creative practice (DYCP) grant from Arts Council England I started using photopolymer plates for printing my digital and photographic work allowing me to print on a range of materials using both intaglio and relief (embossed) techniques. While playing with the use of bright colour and double printing into a collaged look I am treating the sheet as a page or a poster rather than print window and border.

What are you working on at the moment (forthcoming exhibitions, events, workshops, etc)?

In 2023 as an extension of my DYCP grant I had the opportunity to work at the Danish Art Workshops for 6 weeks in their printmaking lab, I used the opportunity to scale up my work, and printed a range of drops on large sheets of Kozo paper. The paper hangs loose from the wall and breathes with the room. Alongside continuing this work, I am also in the process of translating the light feel into a printed book and portfolio. The idea of publishing or sharing work is continuing partly as a planned series of conversations and portraits of artists and creatives working in the region, to underline the importance of continuing the idea of sharing.

What are you plans for the coming year?

I look forward to showing my work at the Open Studio at the Forge in June, and to start up a new collaboration with 3 fellow artists in Copenhagen that will run over the next year and continue the conversation about sustainability and kindness in the creative processes.

I am running a range of walking photography and cyanotype workshops this summer near Bedford, that will have a similar theme.

What is the question that you most get asked about your work? 

People ask about the places and imagery I use in my printmaking, and I find they have their root in personal experiences. There is recurring imagery across the different media I use. The work is both very ephemeral and very tactile, and I hope it reflects how fleeting impressions still leaves a lasting impact in our sensory system.

What inspires you?

My work is primarily inspired by the transformation that happens from observation and idea and to the processed art piece; how it allows us to hold multiple perspectives simultaneously, how art helps us understand and visualise otherwise invisible processes.

Which artists do you most admire and why?

My favourite artists comprise writers Inger Christensen, Emily Dickinson, visual artists Toms Saraceno and Cecilia Vicuña. Artists who include multiple cultural perspectives in their work. I first saw Saraceno’s work over 10 years ago and his webs and integrating plants into his installation was beautiful and has influenced how I view the relationship between creativity and nature. I first saw Vicuñas work at Tate in the winter and was impressed with the tactile and conceptual strength of the work.

How has your relationship with Digswell Arts strengthened your practice as an artist?

Being a print member at Digswell has given me a context for developing my work and experiment in an artist run workshop. Connecting with the other artists at the Forge is a valuable forum for discussing and sharing work. I am in the workshop every week, and it is a core element in my ongoing practice.

You can follow Grete‘s work and updates on Instagram: @gretescorner.

Stay tuned as we delve deeper into Grete Dalum-Tilds’ artistic journey and explore the beautiful synthesis of nature and creativity in her work.

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