Monumental Activity etchings 2012
       
     
Rix
       
     
Monumental Activity I
       
     
Pastille 2
       
     
Pastille I
       
     
God Rays
       
     
Monumental Activity II
       
     
Monumental Activity IV
       
     
Monumental Activity V
       
     
Monumental Activity VI
       
     
Royal Undex
       
     
Pastille II
       
     
Pastille I
       
     
Monumental Activity etchings 2012
       
     
Monumental Activity etchings 2012

This series of etchings began during my return to printmaking at the Black Church Print Studio which led me to look at line, or at least a linear approach to the image making process. Charged by the simplicity of line, I set out to peal back the image to its simplest form, addressing the decision-making process, which is apparent in the physical state the work is left in.

 

The prints and plates in this series depict explosive acts of nature, such as volcanic explosions, undexes (underwater explosions) and the results of man-made interference such as military testing and warfare activity. I wanted to capture and freeze these scenes of incredible force and present them as sculptural objects, suspended in time. The visual similarities that present themselves in these images underline a social surrender to forces beyond our control. 

 

Thematically the images reveal notions of terrible beauty, grand illusions and a world in flux. It is this moment in flux that I attempt to capture in the processes and materials used in the making of my work. Also at play is the fundamentals of process, as a potential act of uncovering ways of seeing, ways of interpretation and ultimately an attempt at understanding an aesthetic language. What I am particularly concerned with are visual metaphors that can exist within the image. By communicating these in a non-direct/abstract form, the compositions can present a moral issue or even a grand illusion.

Rix
       
     
Rix

Aluminium etching
36.5cm x 29.5cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2012

Monumental Activity I
       
     
Monumental Activity I

Aluminium etching
29.5cm x 29cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2012

Pastille 2
       
     
Pastille 2

Aluminium etching
29.5cm x 26cm (plate size)
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2012

Pastille I
       
     
Pastille I

Aluminium etching
29.5cm x 29cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2012

God Rays
       
     
God Rays

Aluminium etching
29.5cm x 29cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2012

Monumental Activity II
       
     
Monumental Activity II

Aluminium etching
20cm x 29.5cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2012

Monumental Activity IV
       
     
Monumental Activity IV

Aluminium etching
36cm x 29cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2013

Monumental Activity V
       
     
Monumental Activity V

Aluminium etching
36cm x 29cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2013

Monumental Activity VI
       
     
Monumental Activity VI

Aluminium etching
36cm x 29cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2013

Royal Undex
       
     
Royal Undex

Copper two plate etching / aquatint
20cm x 15cm (plate size) 
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gms
2013

Pastille II
       
     
Pastille II

detail

Pastille I
       
     
Pastille I

detail