works in progress.
Doorway In Rennes
There are many things that I inherited from my mother and one was an unnatural obsession for doorways. My senior year of high school, we took a trip to France together along with my sister and grandma. I remember vividly my mother stopping to take a picture of every doorway we saw. Some were intricately detailed, some were a vibrant color, and some were the exact opposite - antique and well worn down. It didn't matter. She stopped to appreciate each one.
This cut is based off a doorway that I came across in Rennes, France while studying there 3 years after I that visit to the country with my mother. I thought of my mother as I took the picture of this beautiful teal door and hope to successfully convey its beauty into a print.
This cut is based off a picture that I took on the top of a failed hike. I call it a "failed hike" because my friend and I made our way up a mountain thinking that our final destination would be a beautiful, clear lake. However, when we reached what was suppose to be our destination, there was nothing - nothing but snow and more upwards climbing. We continued to climb for another half hour before we decided to cut our losses and head back down.
Before we left I snapped this picture, of just the peak of a mountain, creeping out from behind a mass of foggy, thin clouds. It was quite the conciliation prize.
My current works in progress is my senior culminating project. I have designed a series of three broadsides and will print 20 editions of each using a few different printmaking techniques – linocuts, chine colle, and letterpress printing.
The series will be a narrative on personal growth inspired by three impactful moments from my life that have provided both challenge and have lead to growth in some way. Each moment will be represented by a different anatomical part (as a symbol of moment itself - how it affected me and made me feel) and also by a flower or plant (as a symbol of my growth from these experiences). Flowers, much like art, have the ability to speak for us and to express our feelings to others without using words because of the historic, symbolic properties associated with them. The Language of Flowers, by Kate Greenaway provides a list of these plants and flowers which I will be using for this project.
As of now, I have designed and completed detailed sketches of all three prints and have also finished carving the first linoleum block.
November 29, 2017
UPDATE: I have now completed carving all three of the linocuts. I have also proofed them and have started making the necessary edits.
My prints will also contain a text element, which I have attempted to compose as a sort of poetic narrative on each significant event. I have started experimenting with this text and how I want to display it on my piece. I have decided to screen print handwritten text as the background of each piece. Each screen print will cover the entire paper (14x20) using a fairly transparent ink I also still plan to print an excerpt of each text piece translated into French in one of the corners, using metal type and overlapping the background text.
February 28, 2018
Proofing the cuts
Above: Individual cuts
Below: A proof of the heart cut printed on top of a watercolored proof of the hand lettered background with an example of the possible Japanese tissue for the chine collé printed element. I will perform the same techniques on all three pieces.
I decided that the best way to print the handwritten background that I had been planning would be to screen print them. I will be hand painting each text onto a large piece of plastic which I will then be able to burn into a screen.
The color of ink I plan to us will be very transparent and fairly warm to provide a nice contrast to the black overlaid print.