Green Squares, ink on Masa dosa paper, 23 x 18 in.
My varied printmaking ventures––with cardboard plate multiples; with digital prints; and with these images made by cutting shapes from potatoes, dipping them in ink, and stamping them on paper––have been giving me a lot of pleasure. I'm able to explore new kinds of imagery and push myself in new directions. This leads to a lot of flopping on my face, but that's okay. It also leads to a lot of uncertainty as to how to assess what I'm doing. I'm beginning to be more relaxed about throwing work away; since the potato prints are fast and intuitive, there are bound to be a lot of duds. One thing I'm learning is that I like working on a large sheet of paper, such as the one above, so that the image can have lots of breathing room.
Four Square, ink on Nishinouchi paper, 12 x 10 in.
I'm also figuring out that sometimes a very simple image feels right...
Balancing, ink on Akatosashi paper, 4 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
although I also enjoy the fun and humor of this more complex print.
Dropping, ink on Sansui SH8 paper, 19 x 10 in.
I like using the same shape, stamping it over and over as it runs out of ink.
Escape, ink on Masa dosa paper, 8 x 23 in.
Like in my textiles, geometry has an irregular presence in the prints.
Black Boxes, ink on Gifu green tea medium paper, 15 x 13 in.
...enclosed and open...
Crisscross, ink on Twinrocker paper, 18 x 23 1/2 in.
This print is on a beautiful sheet of handmade paper that's been in my drawer for years. (I regret that my photographs don't give a better sense of the paper surfaces.) When I'm working on a large sheet of paper, I have to put my fear of wasting paper aside, and just plunge ahead as though it's a sheet of cheap newsprint.
Inward, ink on Masa Dosa paper, 7 x 12 in.
Here I'm playing with an empty center and the pull of shapes toward each other. I feel that these prints express different moods, though mostly balanced toward the lighthearted. And although I can feel like I hit a brick wall (my most recent potato print session was mostly trash), working in this medium is still a surprising joy.