I always work on little ink drawings I refer to as “artifacts.” They are abstractions of stone, tablets, architecture and archaeological sites, each penned on 3″ x 3″ paper. I have hundreds of them, all waiting for a final presentation form. They also serve another purpose: they get scanned and incorporated into my digital work, or exposed on silk screens and photopolymer plates.
Here are a few I recently completed:
My little artifacts. Abstracted, or evolved from ancient architectural elements, stone tablets, engravings and scraps of papyrus. They are done on 3″ x 3″ squares of paper, in ink–the size of small boxes used to record ceramic particles in archaeological research.
The active-line moments live in piles. I do them frequently, adding new “discoveries” to the pile of seemingly uncovered stone moments.
The little drawings sometimes get literally enlarged, blown up into giant traces of their original shelves and printed through serigraphy or intaglio. Other times I do image transfers of them, at various sizes, as if they’re affected by some kind of Doppler rebound.
In fact, below they are even shown distorted–almost double their original size: