Orchid series of hand colored intaglio prints.
While monochrome image making stands as the base for most image driven work, the mark-making employed begins as a tool for the development of space, light/shade concerns, and movement through an image.
This exploration developed out of working in “states”, i.e. the same image but reworked with different marks and plate treatments. Most of the qualities so developed, retain the immediacy of the drawing process, but the additional steps involved in creating the print matrix serve as well to focus attention on the visual quality of the mark making.
There is a surprising amount of satisfaction in seeing work produced as multiples. This has provided an opportunity to use an image again and again and to each time explore different color choices within each while maintaining the integrity of the original image.
I consider a valuable aspect of this to be that while there are multiples of the image, each piece becomes a unique original.