Friday, August 21, 2009
These two monotypes are the current work I am doing from a series titled Earth Waves which are from my mind's eye, based on all the mountain ranges I have seen, influenced by the new landscape installation by Maya Lin called Earthfield at Storm King in New York which I blogged about in my last post. My husband goes to the water for solace and to recharge while I seek the mountains.
I am trying to combine mountain and ocean, earth and water, in these imaginative land/water scapes by using techniques which cause the ink to bubble up and create a water effect while creating a visual mountainous image.
Several images from this series of work will be shown in March 2010 both in the ARTsisters Group Show at the Widener University Art Gallery and at Da Vinci Art Alliance show in Confluence as part of Philigrafika 2010.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Seeing the grandeur of a major mountain range like the Andes thrills me like the ocean thrills my husband. Could it be related to our astrological signs? I am a Taurus and he is a Pisces. Not sure, but I do know that the mountains do something to my soul and psyche and inspire me visually.
I have always seen or sensed the wave of the mountain at the horizon. Maya Lin, who designed the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington DC, has created Wavefield, an 11 acre landscape installation at Storm King in New York. I am currently doing a series Earth Waves based on that concept for two shows I am in this March 2010.
Yet here is a piece from 2007 and you can see the wave has already been introduced into my visual vocabulary. Maybe that is why I am so intrigued by Maya Lin's work. I am planning to go see it this fall. Maybe it is also a way of synthesizing the earth and water signs of my marriage. What I know for sure is that visually it works for me.
This is image is Horizon Variation 1, a viscosity monotype.
The horizon line of the Andes mountains left a lasting impression in my mind's eye. I have used it over and over. For this image, I use it in a stylized viscosity monoprint. That is when you use thin and thick ink at the same time on the plate so there is a resistance created as you roll out the ink.
Horizon Variation 2 is from a series of work done in this fashion.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The landscape in Patagonia intrigues me. It is vast, quiet, windy, unpopulated for the most part, pristine. The majesty of the mountains in the distance is awe-inspiring from any angle. The colors are glorious, the air clear.
This small mixed media image captures the vastness and distance of the landscape. Called Andes View, the mountains dominate the setting even when they are far away. This is a mountain range to remember and to return to.