March 16, 2013

New Prints: A Cardboard and a Passel of Potato

Triangle, Circle, Square; ink on gampi smooth paper; image size 10 x 12 in, paper size 18 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.; editon 3

I had fun during my most recent printing printing session, doing a cardboard print and then launching into a long series of potato prints, stamping away with abandon. Even though some of them are "maybe's" I'm showing you all of them (and I threw only one in the trash). For the cardboard print Triangle, Circle, Square, I chose to use only corrugated lines to make the shapes, having no solid shapes at all. It gives the image a quavering quality, as though the color can't quite get its voice heard; it looks more assured when you step up close to the image. Perhaps this makes it too tentative?

Untitled 10, ink on Twinrocker paper, 8 x 7 1/8 in. 

I started this small potato print with a square at the center, and then got ready to add other elements. But I said to myself: "Stop!", so I did. I thought the square had enough interest in the variation in the ink for it to work. I like it, though it might be too simple. I have a couple of regrets in showing these works online: one is that you can't see the texture of the paper or its character; the other is that everything appears to be the same size: a work like Untitled 10 seems as large as the bigger one below. 

Untitled 11, ink on Masa dosa paper, 15 x 11 in. 

Here, three ovals horizontally, three ovals vertically; each stamped without recharging the ink, so a lighter and lighter echo.

Untitled 12, ink on Twinrocker paper, 2 panels, each 14 1/2 x 7 in.

 The idea for this piece, with a black line rising from the edge of the paper, came from a painting by El Lizzitsky that I saw at the Museum of Modern Art recently; he had forms and lines falling off the edge of the image.

Untitled 13, ink on Nishinouchi paper, 20 x 15 in. 

A grid of open forms, bounded by black lines.

Untitled 14, ink on Twinrocker paper, 15 x 7 in.

I've been thinking about pink and black this week.

Untitled 15, ink on Nishinouchi paper, 9 1/2 x 15 in. 

Pastel forms, floating above and below a violet line.

Untitled 16, ink on Twinrocker paper, 7 x 7 in.

A black bar over extended circles.

Untitled 17, ink on Ninshinouchi paper, 15 x 13 in. 

Three forms pointed toward two circles: growth or violence?

Untitled 18, ink on Gifu green tea light paper, 11 x 11 in. 

Lastly: open rectangles, as though hopscotched with yellow circles.


  1. Beautiful series!! I like very much, poetic....

  2. I just love some of these! Thank you for sharing your inspiration and materials. Beautiful work.


  3. I like this work very much and in answer to the only question you posed my reply is 'growth'. you see I am longing for spring!
    your concern about seeing textures etc on screen is warranted but zooming in there is enough to get the idea and be excited.

    1. Thanks, Maureen. The reason I posed the growth/violence question is that those shapes at the bottom, which I'd thought of a leaf shapes, also looked like bombs to me, so I'm glad you see growth. I'm longing for spring here too as the temperatures continue below freezing and the snow still falls.