Silkscreen with chine collé and stitch
300gsm Stonehenge paper 30 x 32 cm Unique State
The Wanderer (Monarch) Butterfly, (Danaus plexippus plexippus), is a frequent visitor to Mary Cairncross Conservation Reserve resting lightly on this pristine environment. This series continues my exploration of the fragile relationship between the map as a representation of
containment and the natural world.
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Repurposed paper map mounted between glass
The wonderful birds that frequent my garden daily help me live comfortably in my Covid ‘bubble’. Their freedom to transit boundaries is a stark reminder of the impact on us of borders both within Australia and beyond.
Geography has always been a prison of sorts – one that defines what a country or individual is or can be. But this pandemic has made the boundaries imposed by geography and those more recently imposed by politics more starkly evident.
Our wings are clipped at present but humanity’s restless spirit ensures that we will not be confined to our own pale blue dot on a map. I plan to use this time to prepare for new opportunities to continue to travel within the “new normal”.
As we wait, the return to working with maps in my art practice seems to have become more urgent.
This is the first of some planned mixed media works focussing on linocut which will celebrate Grannys as the keepers of our collective memory.
“Granny’s vase” is my first of the series.
This project continues to combine my cultural heritage interests with printmaking of various forms.
It is also an example of my current experimentation with adding stencil work by hand to the single linocut pull in oils. A big saving on the time it takes to prepare and use masks.
This gives a more painterly effect but moves the work into the realm of “Unique State” as far as printmaking is concerned in much the same way as hand-painting linocuts does, because the works are not completely accurate replications and therefore not editioned.