Studio Spotlight #6 - 2009 : 2015 | Fc:Ft

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Title: 2009 : 2015 | Fc:Ft

Info: 19” x 15”, Embossment, ink

Price: $100


To create the original embossment for the print I carved into a Sintra (a kind of plastic) plate. I then soaked my paper and ran my Sintra plate through the press. Viola!

Old Print [history]:

This piece began with a print exchange entitled Metamorphosis. All of the participants in this exchange were former Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop Assistants. The Incredible Blake and Hannah Sanders were in charge of this exchange. I was very honored to be a part of this group:

Nick Alley, Brett Anderson, Sandra Anible, Honna Austin, Kevin Bowman, Andrew Burkitt, Andrew DeCaen, James Ehlers, Matthew Egan, Ann Flowers, Amy Foltz, Mario Kiran, Cory Knedler, Andrew Kosten, Sami Lange, Carrie Lingscheit, Emmy Lingscheit, Ashton Ludden, Rachel Madeline, Jonathan Metzger, Laura Melancon, Johanna Mueller, Meghan O’Connor, Tracy Otten, Johntimothy Pizzuto, Rodolfo Salgado, Jr., Catherine Reinhart, Brandon Sanderson, Blake Sanders, Hannah Sanders, Katy Seals, Stanley Scott, Tim Stoelting, Christopher Wallace, Josh Watts

My contribution to this printmaking portfolio was a print combining stone lithography and embossment. Here it is:

The black and white image for this work came from a textile sculpture I created during my first year of graduate school. 

For this sculpture I rust dyed white satin and then stiffened and manipulated the folds. The pieces lower to the ground were supposed to represent decay that then transformed into pure white, whole cloth. 

What I most remember about this piece is getting an honest critique. By rusting the cloth I believed that I was communicating decay or something falling apart/rotting. However, I can still remember my critiquing professor saying “this is not decay, these marks are beautiful.”

Finally, I think I am learning how to really SEE my work. Not what or where I want the work to be like. 

On a side note: I also learned how to not take myself so seriously when Will Vannerson said the final print looked like a wedding cake with seaweed…

It does, doesn’t it.

New Life [redemption]: 

The current and final addition was the black inked lines. This piece was the second in the series and I decided to challenge myself by keeping it simple. There is not much to be said (for now) about the lines themselves. However, I do seem drawn to these dashed lines. They remind me of stitches and there is a beautiful satisfaction I get from making these marks. 

I should just draw more. 


The Title:

Started in 2009 and finished in 2015 the source of the second half of this title come from the Forms of Japan book again. Fc : Ft is short for Forms of Change : Forms of Transfiguration. 

Yuichiro Kojiro, Forms in Japan, trans. Kenneth Yasuda (Honolulu: East-West Center Press, 1965)

A pdf of the full text can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. The list is on page 19 of the original text, page 23 of the pdf. The list alone can also be found here.

Richard Serra "Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself" 1967-68

The two lists on the same page, on Joshua Hart's Web site:

The embossment of the floating fabric with the thin triangle represents the Trinity and the transforming power of the Gospel of Christ. Again, this piece is an amalgam of sources from my history as a maker. 

This iterative studio process allows me to revisit imagery time after time, exploring the complicated relationships between concepts and processing them with my mind. 

The Ask: 

This piece is simple and minimal but loaded with history. And at $100 it is a steal…

I actually know just who I will ask to buy this one.

Price: $100

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