Ghost[ed.] is a suite of eight limited-edition stone lithographs, published in 2015. The eight artists who contributed to the suite are: Sue Baker Kenton, Gino Ballantyne, Jessie Brennan, Tim Brown, Hen Coleman, Nicole Polonsky, Edit Toaso and Caroline Whitehead.
Ghost[ed.] evolved from an inherent characteristic of lithography: the 'ghost', or residual image, which remains within the stone after printing. The ghost is usually removed entirely by the process of graining: stone molecules and all traces of the image retained within them are ground away to return the stone to a neutral state in readiness for a new 'key' image.
In Ghost[ed.], graining was only partial. This allowed the ghost of an image to be retained and printed again as a reduced version of the original. Ghost[ed.] lithographs emerged sequentially: contributors were invited in turn to devise a key image in response to the ghost of the one that came immediately before. The two elements were then incorporated into a single print, with one superimposed over the other – a key image by one artist and the ghost of the previous one by another. Instead of being erased, the ghost is an active and dynamic component of the eight pictorial schemes.
The process to achieve the suite began with a 'catalyst' image – seen in Ghost[ed.] I. This set in train a series of visual interplays and dialogues – a rolling call-and-response between artists which was part collaboration, part solo endeavour. Ghost[ed.] concludes with the ghost of the very last key image overlaid on the catalyst with which the suite began.
Ghost[ed.] artists selected their own paper and could opt to augment their editioned lithographs with one addition: collage, gold leaf, perforation, screenprint and graphite annotations introduce further complexity and playfulness.
The lithographs are resolved as discrete artefacts and as components of the suite as a whole. They are enriched by confluences and sometimes serendipitous juxtapositions of mark, motif and subject which effloresce into a distinctive and intriguing body of work.
The project to realise Ghost[ed.] was devised and co-ordinated by Sue Baker Kenton and Nicole Polonsky, with editioning by Sue Baker Kenton.