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Working on a Batch of New Pieces

I tend to produce new works rapidly, in groups. So, I’ll start a batch of things and bounce between them, adding elements of one to the other and so on. This is the way I work in printmaking as well, where I’ll be inking and printing a variety of plates and techniques, building pieces in layers.

The bad thing about printmaking (for someone without a press) is that you need a press to do most techniques. However, printmakers, I daresay, are experts of time management. I’ll have access to the presses in about three weeks, which gives me plenty of time to produce stacks of plates, matrices and images for photo processes! It also gives me plenty of time to play around with direct techniques, like painting and drawing.

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Building layers of direct ink on rice paper. Many, many more layers to come. I may do some watercolor monotype versions of this, like those I showed at the residency, as I can print those by hand in the studio.inprogress2 inprogress3

Again, these are underlayers that would develop into finished pieces.

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An experiment–just to see what happens with ink on canvas. It’s small and is meant just to play with surface, resistance and possibility. If I like what happens when it’s done, I may develop something like it on a larger scale and do printing on top. My mentor is excellent at combining canvas and printmaking, so I’ll have to have a conversation. 🙂

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The linocut on its way. I’m also working on a bunch of drypoint plate shapes and more toner wash shapes for use on the presses in the next couple of weeks.

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Underlayer direct painting.

 

Works in Progress – The Process of Developing

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A new, large linocut shape.

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Close up of the linocut, pre cutting. Plus some of my small artifacts. Still making these like crazy.

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Laying out work from 2012, to analyze and re-examine.

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More work from 2012. More analysis.

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New work (2013), except for the pillars on the left). These are small pieces, experiments in combining printmaking technique. Some will be adapted into larger works.

Sorting out previous work, “living with it,” so to speak, allows me to crystallize ideas that have mapped the inside of my sketchbooks. I’ll make marks, grab quotes, pin images–finding connectivity that can be developed into complete, visual relationships.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve pulled out piles of work and re-examined the familiar with a new eye. I’ve hung pieces that once felt finished, allowing them presence in my daily movements, being open-minded to the possibility of working back into them, or of using them as launch points for bigger executions.

I’ve currently got two large linoleum blocks underway (first stage photos above), as well as more of my tiny artifacts (also seen in the top photos). I’m experimenting with layered ink on canvas, working on a stack of plates to print this August when I have access to the presses (including drypoint, linocut, woodcut and intaglio plates) and playing around with beeswax on printed rice paper.

I’ll be using the University of New Mexico’s print shop this semester, which means I have a bit of delay in producing final intaglio, litho or serigraphy elements, but at all serious printmakers are good at time management and crazy, crazy spiral planning. We can generate piles of plates, knowing we can fire them off once the press is hot n’ ready. This suits my style of work, anyway. I spend time planning, percolating. Then furious, intense printing sessions take my project blueprints and mutate them on the fly, allowing for spontaneity and “one breath” moments, even within a heavily premeditated flow.