I'm the person on an out-and-back trail who says, "Let's just see what's around the next corner, and then I'll be ready to turn back." But of course around the next corner is another intriguing corner, and another, and another... and I always feel like I missed something when I'm obliged to turn around and cover my own footprints to get back where I started.
It might be why I've worked with reduction prints for so long. At least I know when I start that I will follow a path to its end, after which I'll be able to start again on a new path.
|I think if you embiggen this one you'll be able to see the white-on-white. |
The idea started as two blocks: one printed white and the other printed over it in black. A short loop trail. But a few steps down that trail I saw another corner to turn: "What if I added mica to the white?" And another: "What if I embossed a footprint there?" And then, "What if I made a third block and printed color?" Which, of course, led to many more "what if" corners: dozens of iterations of color. Which lead to the next corner: "What if I made a FOURTH block?"
|"Ever So A Round," the final chapter. For now.|
It's not a problem, really, except that it could go on indefinitely and I have a very finite amount of time for this project. Yesterday I realized that the whole idea would be better if I a) printed everything in a different order and b) carved yet another block. Or if all the steps after the white were done as a reduction block. (ahem)
But I really do have to get back to the trailhead and plunge down a different path this week, so I think this is the finished piece. Unless I pick one of the others that's also hanging on the rack, since they're all a bit different. (Can you say "Edition Variable"?)
It's been a great learning process, and it may represent the first staggering steps toward a new body of work. But don't be surprised if the next print you see is a nice, straightforward reduction block. There's still lots to see on a loop trail, and one usually arrives home in time for supper.