Dance II carefully wrapped to be carried up to Edinburgh to be in the final selection for the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition. Quite chuffed that it got to the Long list! Results on the 23 October….
This monoprint took a while to get going – the stark contrast between the red and black and the middle part with little in the way of openings didn’t give me any hints of where to start. But this impenetrable surface eventually steered me towards using the central enclosed space as an area from which tentacles/veins could flow out and into. I wanted also to keep the work ‘organic’ and tactile. At the end of the process I toned down the red slightly although the colour is still a ‘bit in you face’.
Another tree inspired monoprint with coloured pencils. I was thinking about the mycelial network connecting trees when ‘drawing’ the roots of the trees. Keeping to mostly red the colour is depicting this support system and the interdependence of living organisms – the Gaia theory depicted on paper.
Dance On was longlisted for the Royal Scottish Academy OPEN Exhibition 2019 – the final selection will be published 23 October.