Weekly Roundup 46

i. I spent another afternoon at Bainbridge with varying degrees of success. Whilst printing my monotypes the paper kept sticking to the plate and or printing with noticeable mottling (I think that either the pressure on the press was wrong or my paper was too dry). Below is the most successful print however I worry it’s becoming too stylised, almost cartoony. Alas, another case of disappointment on trying to replicate the success of a previous work…

 
2019, monotype

2019, monotype

 

ii. I had an encouraging group crit without any major criticisms, just to keep making and to begin to consider the degree show. Somebody suggested that I try making direct trace monotypes in the pub but I argued that, even if I was allowed to bring ink into the pub it would change the dynamic considerably: rather than quietly observing, it would become an intrusive performance (no thanks). It was also suggested that I look into writers who have celebrated the pub scubas George Orwell’s The Moon Under Water. I will look into this.

iii. Prior to the opening of an upcoming retrospective, I’ve become a bit obsessed with artist Sargy Mann. The documentary below is brilliant and fascinating: what an extraordinary man!