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Zodiac Waterbased Monotype 11.5" x 10"
Partners Waterbased Monotype 11.5" x 10"
Waterbased Monotype & Chine Colle' 11.5" x 10"
In June of 2006 I participated in a month long monotype workshop given by Linda Goodman at Il Bisonte, International School of Graphic Arts in Florence, Italy, a school with a remarkable and revered history in the art world. The school is housed in an old horse stable on the banks of the Arno River and is named after bison images painted on stone in prehistoric caves.
In creating monotypes, images are created on a smooth plate by manipulating ink or paint, and then running the plate through a press to transfer the inked plate onto paper, creating a one of a kind, unique print. The monotype printing technique is risky since one has little control over the end result, erasing one's expectations of what the image will be. It is almost like the Surrealist game of the Exquisite Corpse, except instead of passing the drawing onto someone else to complete, you run the image through a great mechanical apparatus and what comes out belongs to you, the artist, the press, and the magical alteration.
However, the environment at Il Bisonte was conducive to hard work, and under Linda Goodman's instruction I was given the artistic tools needed and I became easily dedicated to the monotype printing process. As I roamed through the streets, churches, monasteries and museums of Florence I made quick sketches that came to me automatically. Making art automatically dictates another kind of self-realization. In the studio my interest in the mythological and classical worlds collided and ended up onto the printing plates. The process was not exactly like "work" but more an extended form of play. The faster the playing went, the closer I became to a kind of alchemical work that did not exist before.
The time at Il Bisonte and in Florence was well spent. It was an adventure into a new medium, guided by a wise and experienced guide. I became like a fisherman – fishing and hooking images that entered my imagination as I trawled in the Renaissance.
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