May 21, 2010
This week I decided to "recycle/reuse" one of my older monoprints. There was one that reminded me of the ocean, and I felt compelled to add some patterns and details to it. The new work is titled Sea, and, measuring at 18" x 24", it's the largest mixed media piece I've completed in the last six months.
Lately, I've been experimenting with flattened features in relation to three-dimensional qualities. With this particular piece, I wanted to create a multi-viewing experience, kinda like looking at a fish bowl. I wanted the viewer to feel as if they were underwater and also looking at the water from above. To help with this interplay of perspectives, I added some tiny leaves that are falling onto the surface of the water.
The pattern of ovals can be viewed as a ground or a structure. I drew each circle by hand with a pen and then filled in the spaces with a small brush and black ink. It was tedious but therapeutic at the same time.
Although time-consuming, I enjoyed working at the larger scale. And I'm all for taking art work that I'm not sentimental about and reworking it into a new piece. I already have ideas for the next monoprint make-over!