The Grid and the Weave
In entering a new media I’ve given myself the focus of concentrating on the abstract forms of the Weave and the Grid in an exploration of the digital and the organic, order and disorder, structure and entropy. I’m also sticking to plates of a 18″ x 24″ (the size of both the largest acid bath and laser bed.
I’m LOVING this project. It’s very freeing to explore ideas in a purely abstract form. So far I have 3 laser-cut plates I’m happy with (one etch on acrylic, one grid cut out of acrylic and one block out of MDF). I’ve also hand-carved a weave in wood.
It’s so refreshing to enter a new media without knowing the “rules” of that medium. Today I experimented with adding ink in gestural marks onto the plate after the nice clean layer was put on with the roller. Once it goes through once and then gets rollered over again you get this gorgeous ghostly watercolor look (in the dark grey layer here). I’m also loving adding string resist into the work.
So far I have around 30 individual pieces, many of them still getting layered up. I’m not doing nearly identical “editions” in the convention of printmaking. I don’t see the point. Each of these is absolutely original. I’ll be painting over some of the ones I’ve printed on canvas, sewing through them… there really aren’t limits to this.