Hand drawn Solar Plate etchings
Each print 13 x 18 cms
These prints were created using a Solar Plate print technique. The seaweed was first drawn by hand onto tracing paper using drawing ink. This image was then exposed onto the photo-polymer coated plates and exposed to ultra violet light.Once light-hardened the plates were bevelled and then inked up in both intaglio and relief printing methods and layered one on top the other. The final prints were finally passed through the printing press and the image transferred onto 100% cotton rag paper together with a deep embossed pattern.
Fucus vesiculosus is known by the common name bladder wrack and is found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is also known by the common names black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus, and rock wrack.
It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811, and was used extensively to treat goitre, a swelling of the thyroid gland related to iodine deficiency.
Working with the everyday material, paper pulp, these impressions have taken on the shapes of nature’s creations and rid themselves of their associations with the written word, or text.
When set the impressions have been carefully covered in 9ct gold or silver leaf, a juxtaposition between the precious and the mundane.
The casts are then mounted onto white painted plywood, which has been backed with fluorescent orange paper to create a glow.
135 x 48.5 cms
Clay, Paint, MDF, Paper, IntaglioPrint
This piece was made using modelling clay pressed into computer ‘Mother Boards’, when hardened the pieces were assembled onto a square of mdf board which had a hole cut into the centre. The whole was painted in a almost black colour and brushed over with silver. At the back of the hole is a print of a human face which had been distorted to look almost human. This work is intended to question our fears about & interaction with technology in the 21st century and where it will lead in the future.
Drawn Relief Print with a Laser Raster engraved (1 bit B&W dithered) surface detail [November 2013]
There is something ‘uncanny’ too about these images which play on the effect of meeting one’s own image unbidden and unexpected. The possible disquiet aroused by looking at some of this face is related to what is frightening – to what arouses dread and horror; how dreadful then to gaze upon a face that has lived and is as a consequence of the length of that life, close to its end.
64 x 50 cms
A double-sided Relief Solar Plate Print onto Japanese Kozo paper with circular perforations allowing an interface between the ‘real’ world and computer mediated technology.