Printmaking

Four Lines of Thought

On the completion of my honours year at the end of 2009 at NAS I was fortunate enough to be one of four students to win a place in the Australian Galleries National Art School Award Exhibition. This show opened in February 2011 and was entitled Four Lines of Thought. This is the new work I created for this show.

mutton bird
Dicarded Object (Mutton Bird)
laundry
Domestic Space (Laundry)
Bone on Ledge
Discarded Objects (Calcium) I
Shell on ledge
Discarded Objects (Calcium) II.jpg
Egg shells on ledge
Discarded Objects (Calcium) III
Table in Window
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects IX
FLoT invite
Four Lines of Thought invitation (click for larger version)

Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects

For my final year in printmaking at the National Art School I worked on a series of mezzotint prints focussing on spaces in my home. Choosing places and objects of significance to me, I used these familiar areas to explore some ideas about how we experience the domestic — evoking feelings of shelter and nurture, but also other more ambivalent responses.

Mezzotint is a lovely (if demanding) medium. It offers rich, velvety blacks, great tonal variation and wonderful chiaroscuro effects. The way the plate is worked in the mezzotint process — from dark to light with the image slowly emerging through careful scraping and burnishing — became a reflection of how I hope these prints may be experienced, as objects and spaces materialising from shadow, dream or memory.

Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects I
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects I
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects II
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects II
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects III
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects III
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects IV
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects IV
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects V
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects V
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects VI
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects VI
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects VII
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects VII
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects VIII
Empty Spaces, Discarded Objects VIII