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4-6 July

I found it a bit hard to concentrate on work the last few days; I think I felt a bit of an overload on art after the weekend in London! Because of that my installation work came to a stand still this week and it was mostly just print work I did.  Below are some images of the printing process:

Making a relief plate from mount board

The finished plate

Running the plate and paper through the press to get a print

Another layer of printing

the work station!

And then, back to John Street:

I managed to tear myself away from printing for a while to do some reading and research and came across a few interesting essays and quotes. One of these essays was on the ‘Symbolism of Place’  ( . It talked about how ,for the ‘ancient man’ all the natural places of the world were filled with symbolism.  For example the junlgle having a primitive symbolic aspect because our first ancestors, the hunters and gatherers,  would have seeked sheltered in the jungles and forests. The  forest is also one of the greatest symbols of place change and a threshold symbol.





I had to go over to London over the weekend to install work I have in an exhibition there.  If anyone is tipping around London over the summer check it out! It’s a ‘micro event of Irish culture’, with 11 irish artists exhibting in Dialogue Culture Space, Vyner Street. The show runs until the 1 September. 

Favela, a.k.a. Houses on stilits!

Little life-lines

As well as printing this week I decided to try something a bit new.  I wanted to move away from the dwelling motif and focus more on the concept of survival and life’s struggles and a person’s basic needs (physical and emotional) so I’ve started making little bundles from scraps of paper that are to resemble ‘survival’ or ‘rescue’ packages.

Day 19, 27 June: Rescue packs or life-lines

They are made from paper and gesso with words spray painted on to them. On Friday I played around with different ways of displaying them. I thought about having one inside each tipi or hanging them from strings.

Day 21

Day 21

Day 21:The window

After talking with both Joanne and Jane they gave me some ideas on making some type of parachutes for them. I’ve thought about using umbrellas or possibly casting them.

Day 21: sketch idea for ‘parachute & rescue pack’

Day 21: sketch idea for ‘rescue parachute’

Week 7, Day 19: Wednesday 27 June

I did a lot of printing this week which felt good. On Thursday I had my first day in Blackstack Print workshop.  It’s a brilliant workshop, getting off to a great start. I’d a bit of hassle moving all my printing materials down there (steel plates are heavy!) but once I was set up it was well worth it! I mostly experimented with printing different colours and layers to get ideas for the next plates to make. Below are some of the trial proofs I made.

Day 19, Wed 27 June: Etched steel plate

Monoprint, etching and relief (hand written elements)

Day 20, 28th June: Trial proofs

Collograph and relief: An older print from a couple of weeks back that I think I will re-work.

Helen O’ Leary, Outawack, the Butler Gallery

Saw a great exhibition in the Butler Gallery on Saturday by the artist, Helen O’ Leary. Really love her use of materials and the rawness of her work.  There was so much energy from it.

Helen O’ Leary, Outawack at the Butler Gallery

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July 2020