Rebecca Salter is a British artist and the first female President of the Royal Academy of Arts. As an artist, she has worked with ceramics, paint, printmaking and specialises in woodblock printing combining Western and Japanese traditions. She has written two books; Japanese Woodblock (2001) and Japanese Popular Prints: From Votive Slips to Playing Cards (2006). Salter has also undertaken several architectural commissions and has work in many private and public collections including Tate, British Museum, Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.
This week’s wordwatch looks at the use of “commonplace” and how it has evolved from denoting something exceptional to mean something trivial.