About the Work
For me and many others in Wales, the Covid19 pandemic really started to make an impact on home-life and work in March 2020. Since then, I have become increasingly interested in the new terms and phrases it has engendered that have come into popular use almost weekly. So to commemorate my first year of the pandemic, I have created twelve type-works featuring some of these words and sayings.
About the Artist
Steph Mastoris is a typographic artist who uses traditional letterpress techniques. His work is concerned with the power and elegance of letter and word forms. He is interested in using letterpress printing to explore the subtleties of language where punctuation, form and layout can change or create ambiguities of meaning. At its simplest the aesthetics and tonal impact of hand-printed wood type can be radically altered by enlarging it several hundred per cent. More subtly, Steph uses small typographic triptychs to draw attention to the three-dimensional quality of language that arises when similar-sounding words and the different silences between them are exhibited in plain, hand-printed type.
Steph Mastoris is based in Swansea
Covid 19 Series: Number 10 by Steph Mastoris
Title: Covid19 (10), 2021
Edition: 3 of each
Medium: Hand-letterpress print, 60pt Gill Sans bold on machine-made 300gsm watercolour paper
Size: 297 x 210 mm (A4)
Signed and numbered by the artist