Much as I like my recent Silkscreen works, there are several drawbacks inherent in the manner they are created.
I needed to find an immediacy & energy in the way I presently felt about my subject matter in 2019; there was so much to record, get down & experiment with, & while this is fine to take through the sketchbook I felt that staying within Print was the best way to keep a stylistic thread & also keep a drive & level of engagement and excitement that only I (the Printmaker!) can feel in his Medium.
I wandered across Gelliplates quite by accident at the start of that year & instantly found a superb way of translating the ideas down the moment they came to mind – they a ridiculously easy to work with & allow for a huge range of experimentation. They are somewhat marketed towards the Children’s market, & quite rightly…they make you feel artistically playful & free.
I found myself doing 5-6 prints a day with ease, & nearly all were worthy of the folio & sharing. The flexibility of working like this without a Press allowed me to Print in situ whilst away in the USA & Portugal, & gave an immediacy to observing the landscape around me.
They quickly evolved from my engagement with the physical landscape to more deeper conversations about Man’s place in Nature, & how he has forgotten to connect & truly engage with It.