Feeling a little frustrated with monoprinting, or at least painterly monoprints, as they look a bit fussy.
After seeing the exhibition “Rupestres” I decided to work with more simple shapes: I liked the work by David Nash “Three Stripes”, as it put me in mind of standing stones, which make a statement yet defy interpretation.
I used a bit of backrubbing to get a smokey effect on this single negative masked shape, inspired by Three Stripes.
In this positive masked shape, the use of coloured textured paper adds atmosphere to a very simple image; by pressing on some parts of the edge more than others, the outline is kept quite rough. I rubbed the positive shape directly with ink on my finger to add some rough texture to it.
This double masked image was done by making a suggestive pattern using a wooden spoon on the back of the page during the positive masking, and leaving some gaps in the white ink in the negative one.
Finally a ghost print from the white inking, on black paper.
I’m happier with these simple images than ones I’ve done so far: their simplicity seems more effective than the fussy decorativeness of the earlier ones. It’s a question of subject matter.
But I haven’t succeeded in keeping the subject matter as ambiguous it could be. This would be something to explore further.