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Title: 2010 : 2015 | Fc : Ft
Info: 26" x 14”, Engraving, ink, cut paper
For this piece I used several techniques including engraving, cutting, ink, and drawing. Originally this print started as an engraving. I engraved onto three zinc plates using a tool called a burin. This process has been used for hundreds of years and has a rich history which I feel in love with.
Old Print [history]:
2010 : 2015 | Fc : Ft started its life as a proof. Proofs are used in printmaking to access the current state of the image and determine which areas need more fine tuning. Every successful engraving has multiple state proofs which reveal the evolution of the image. This image is made up of three small plates aligned vertically to create the image of a braid. I created this image during an engraving workshop at Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop in 2010. The braid is a significant symbol in my work. It reoccurs time and again, in relation to my Grandmother’s death and to the fragility of textiles.
“We are both physical and spiritual, existing within a body that grows old and eventually dies. Yet we move, we dance, we touch, we think – all things that are a far cry from dying.
The body is locus to this transitional reality – and fabric, like our skin, and bodies, is fragile. It expresses the unique quality of impermanence, making it an apt material for the exploration of these ideas.” - Artist Statement, Catherine Reinhart
This piece was created at the same time as several pieces, which all contain hair motifs (shown below).
The ultimately stem from a performance piece I created while mourning my Grandmother’s death. You can learn more about a tribute here. Studio Spotlight #2 (in my blog roll) also has more information regarding this series of prints.
New Life [redemption]:
In this series of reworked prints, this piece is chronologically early. I threw all I had at it - an exacto, silver ink, pencil, pen and finally, a paper hole punch! Sometimes as an artist you need pieces that aren’t precious. You need pieces that you can expend your physical, and emotional marks on without worrying about the result. This work was that for me. With this piece I was satisfied but open my drawers and they're full of failures.
I need to learn to fail more. Or more gracefully.
I love this letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse that I stubbled upon in grad school.
“Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itchin, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!”
So, if you were at all drawn to my successful failure please consider purchasing the piece for your collection. I hope that it would remind you that you are a work in progress. Just like me.
Be humble and to all my artist friends - just DO! :)
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