Gill Newton and Zita Saffrette have an intuitive and experimental relationship with drawing and traditional photographic methods through which they explore notions of time, timelessness, memory and the mutability of matter.
Zita Saffrette uses primarily alternative and traditional forms of photography, such as cyanotype, salt prints, photograms and pinhole cameras. Often the process is a key aspect to the work so, for example, a pinhole camera containing a piece of photographic paper was left exposing for four years between one leap year and the next, and a series of salt prints were made using the sea water collected from each location the photograph was recorded. This incorporation of natural elements to the work – in addition to the light required to expose each photographic image – is becoming increasingly important, as is the experimental quality of that work. The work is exploring the liminal areas and borderline territories between time and timelessness, memory and death, land and sea, light and dark.
Zita studied at Wimbledon College of Art (MA Fine Art, 2012) and at Central St Martins, London (BA Fine Art, 2005). Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and in Europe.