divided

14 Apr

One of my resolutions this year was to do every printmaking exchange I could. I have already sent prints off to two international exchanges/exhibits and luckily only missed one during my tendinitis injury earlier this year. The first edition I sent out in 2011 fit well with resolutions and the start of a new year, as it was themed around the Year of the Rabbit.My most recent submission was sent off today for an international exchange organized out of South Korea (I.P.E.S.K). I’ve never had my prints leave the continent for an exchange or exhibition, so this was really exciting for me! Plus, as always with print exchanges, I get a random set of original prints mailed back to me when the exhibition is finished. The paper size was 7×7, so I immediately cancelled out the gocco. I’ve never been a fond of small images floating within a large frame, and breaking an image up onto two screens always restricts your imagery and is cumbersome for printing. So I made my first thermofax screenprint that was squeegee pulled! This particular edition was only 15 prints and since I was only pulling one color, I just taped my frame directly to the table. For multiple layers or a larger edition, I would get out my hinge clamps and secure the screens on the edge of the desk for a set-up that boasts a bit more longevity. A  rubber squeegee pulled the black ink across the top of the screen and forced it through the open areas.The theme of this particular exchange was divided. I chose to take a past mixed media drawing of mine and develop it into a screenprint. I felt that this image symbolized a moment right before two beings (animal and human) cease being divided, and come together in a common bond of understanding, trust and origin. As you can probably tell this image is a parody of the iconic Michaelangelo’s Creation of Adam. The reference to this artwork, and the replacement of a figure with an animal, is my way of hinting at evolution and the notion that animals and humans are torn from the same cloth.I am happy with the translation from drawing to print, and hope that my edition is well received at this international exhibition and at the mailboxes of my fellow printmakers.     If you’re interested, the original mixed media drawing can be viewed in my portfolio.

9 Responses to “divided”

  1. Chantal Vincent 14/04/2011 at 19:14 #

    Love your play on Michaelangelo’s work! Great concept. Fab print! Thanks also for sharing your process, it so lovely to see.

  2. Heedless Ceramics 14/04/2011 at 19:30 #

    Aaah I’m not the first commenter…dang…

    But I LOVE the print!

  3. anika 14/04/2011 at 20:41 #

    Amazing work! You did a great job transitioning your original image to the printed version. I love the sentiment behind the imagery too. What fun to send a bunch of prints off to South Korea!

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 14/04/2011 at 21:50 #

    That sounds like a fantastic exchange. To produce a print that has significant meaning to you and then receive a stack of other pieces with a wide range of styles… mail art bonanza!

    Lovely piece, I remember seeing the original posted somewhere, perhaps your website.

  5. eraser carver 15/04/2011 at 08:26 #

    Absolutely stunning print, I love the idea behind it. A wonderful resolution you have made there!

  6. Adrienne 15/04/2011 at 09:04 #

    What a fantastic concept! Really love the final print too, you used a very nice paper stock and the impression took very nicely.

  7. valeria poropat 16/04/2011 at 11:20 #

    I usally don’t like it when people mess with my favourite artist but that paw is just too adorable :) Lovely lovely prints

  8. IPESK 2011 26/04/2011 at 20:14 #

    Great Blog! We can’t wait to see your prints here in Seoul!

    • naturesmyfriend 26/04/2011 at 20:34 #

      Thank you! It is a shame they have not arrived yet. Does post usually take a month to be shipped over-seas? I hope they make it safely and on time!!! I am excited for the opportunity to exhibit in Seoul plus I always love getting art in the mail. Please let me know when they arrive.

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