A long development process went into a series of hybrid monoprint/linoprints that took me from painting to drawing to printmaking, being led all the way by the materials. An exciting process to go through.
It started with a painting made with household and acrylic paints on paper, inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, made as my response to a study workshop.
Making this piece, and then redrawing sections of it in different ways, led through to my experimenting with ink drawn into water, and on to representing binary numbers in this way.
After experimenting with ink/water through a number of sketches at various sizes and made in different ways, I had the idea to cut a relief plate based on these drawings.
This time my subject was the “magic number” for JPEG files,
0xFFd8FFEE in hexadecimal.
The result was a series of linoprints made over background monoprints made using printmaking ink on an A4 Japanese paper.