Neva Hosking is motivated by the intimacy of experience. Through the act of mapping personal geography with the fragmentation and collation of imagery, Hosking aims to bring a stream-of-consciousness approach to portraiture in an attempt to better present the way we view our own memories of those in our lives today.
Prior to her formal art education, Hosking developed a habit of working with scrap mediums; found paper, telephone books, damaged surfaces. These are processes which inform her later work and built an understanding that a broken and fractured viewpoint often presents a more accurate and multi-faceted view of whatever subject needs to be explored.
Hosking's major in Printmaking at the National Art School has allowed her to expand her practice beyond its drawing-based beginnings. She investigates the physicality of non-traditional printmaking materials such as plaster, fabric and concrete, with the hope of producing the ethereal forms of personal memory within environments that honour the reality of a person existing in the natural world, for however brief that may be.
The artist needs you to know that these works are not perfect, but that a lack of perfection is a necessary element in this process. The unevenness of texture and the assemblage of memory are aspects that photography aims to forget, while hand-drawn mediums aim to pull forward.
Hosking’s works value the print as an object in its own right, paying homage to the labour of the etching tradition.