Some Pretty Prints
A collection of figures and flowers in paintings and prints
Opens January 5, 2019
Show up through January 27th
Artist Talk Saturday, January 5th (3:30-4:30pm)
Opening Reception to follow (5-7pm)
5742 Gilkey Ave, Edison
Open Daily 11-5
I’ve been working with the Seattle Artist League’s printmaking instructor Nikki Barber on producing a body of drypoint prints.
What is Drypoint?
Drypoint is a printmaking technique in which an image is scratched into a plate with a scribe. I’ve been using a diamond tipped scribe, and sandpaper. The scratched plate is inked, and then wiped, leaving the ink in the scratches and the burrs dug up by the deeper marks. Burrs separate drypoint from etchings or any other type of printmaking by giving the drypoint a distinctly soft, velvety line. Each run through the press compresses the burrs on the plate, so drypoint prints typically limited to about ten prints, and some of the designs in this collection have as few as three.
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I buy myself flowers because they make me happy. They are colorful and fragrant, and have no purpose other than my enjoyment. As temporal sculptures, flowers mark time by dropping petals, and are to be enjoyed without procrastination. No matter how busy I am, the time to appreciate a flower is gently now.
As flowers shift my attention towards the now, so do people. Collaborating with models is a creative joy. For this series we used blankets and kimono patterned with flowers. We set up in diffused morning light, and the models moved slowly as I captured images in my camera. Photographs allow me to take more time with my paintings, and layer images to carve one moment’s form with another. The figure is an abstract of overlapping sensual shapes, now with an element of time. As each pose shifts, and we take advantage of the light, day to day, moment to moment, no person is exactly the same.
Drypoints were printed in collaboration with Nikki Barber, printmaking instructor at the Seattle Artist League. I scribed the plates and Barber printed them. Each image sparked a discussion of line, tone, and texture, and each print is a hand worked original. Since each print is hand inked with so much personalization to the wiping of the ink, no drypoint print is exactly the same. Each print is slightly different, and with each print the burrs that cause the velvet areas compress, and for this reason the marks that differentiate drypoints from etchings also mark the end of an edition. Once the burrs are compressed, the print is finished. Drypoints are known for producing editions of only about 10 and then they’re gone.
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