Title: 2011 : 2015 | 37°18'33"N 26°32'48"E
Info: 27" x 35”, Silkscreen, ink.
For this print I used one of my string paintings as a resist to expose my screen. I then silkscreened pigment onto the paper creating the thread panoramas.
Old Print [history]:
This work started with a series of experiments using hanks, skeins, and string paintings to expose screens for screen printing. After exposing these screens, I printed the image onto paper in a light color producing a subtle effect.
These prints remind me of cloud formations, mist, or ocean spray. Their slight effect revealed a different aesthetic than I had used before.
New Life [redemption]:
To give these pieces new life I decided to outline the subtle marks already present in the original image. As I worked these outlines began to resemble islands or archipelagos. Archipelagos are defined as a sea or stretch of water containing many islands.
A note about the title - Four pieces in this series of Prints/Drawings contain coordinates in the title. These coordinates are locations which hold significant meaning to me.
First is 2009 : 2015 | 41°4'7"N 93°46’14”W. Location: Slowalk Place, my childhood home
Second is 2008 : 2015 | 41°54'7"N 12°27’59"E . Location: Castel Sant Angelo, Rome, Italy. Formative Study Abroad experience during my undergraduate career.
Third being the current beauty I am discussing.
And Fourth, a sneaky peak at the upcoming 2012 : 2015 | 42°1'41"N 93°36’22”W.
Back to the main event. The location for this piece is the Island of Patmos in the Mediterranean sea. For those who are unaware this is the Island on which the Apostle John was imprisoned. In his old age, Christ came to him here, and after he penned the book of Revelation.
While I was working on this piece I knew it was a bit different from the others. Not stemming from corn fields but islands unknown. As I came to the task of naming the piece, I choose a place that was formative but distant. Unreachable.
I have never traveled to Patmos, and quite honestly, have never desired to. Yet, I have always found inspiration in the rich, and illustrative scriptures of the Prophetic books, including Revelation.
John's words stretch to describe the visions he witnessed, the bounds of human speech proving inadequate for such a task.
What places pull you to them? On what far island would you find yourself? This subtle, tranquil piece would make a good addition to your life.
You can’t even fly to Texas for $350.
Let me take you somewhere worth it.
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