I am particularly interested in using materials readily available such as handmade papers from Eastern civilizations with a hand printing method, pigmented beeswax paints and traditional printmaking papers. The imagery produced by these materials is organic and random, much like the natural world. I know there are rules to the scientific method that is designed to produce the same result over and over again. My prints do the opposite, producing similar but different results each time using the same method and materials. Inspiration comes from interest in neuroscientist Oliver Sacks books about hallucinations. Images from radiology can be quite beautiful but hard to read.
Climbing fibers are part of the cerebellum of the brain and contribute to coordination, precision, and accurate timing of bodily movement. Xylem is the name of the cells in plants that are used in capillary action. My favorite science fair exhibit has always been the one where a child places a stalk of celery in a container with water and colorful food dye. The best ones are made with red to emulate blood flow upwards through the plant. Lines produced by capillary action remind me of what happens in the brain when climbing fibers are activated. These fibers go to all parts of the brain and are entwined like ivy covering a building. Patterns produced by my method of printing create maps of an interior life, at a particular moment in time. Working on these prints has the effect of reducing conscious thought in my brain. The series is both conceptual art and process art. Concept is planning shape, tool to use then making the pieces. Process is purity of making the object and not making decisions about the object while making it.
These pigmented beeswax prints are an adjunct to my painting practice in the studio.
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