I love monotype for its obsessive potential. Working on a smooth surface allows me to throw down words, shapes and patterns forward and backwards, in ink or in flash oil, wiping away, rolling out, layering and deconstructing until I arrive at a texture made of language and symbols, but unrecognizable as such. Monotype allows me to say all of those things I never seem to be able to say in the moment, all at once.
I am process driven, focusing on color and texture. To me, a successful print conveys a sense of effortlessness. If my prints are “about” anything, they are about my relationship to expectations. Working intuitively opens me up to the possibility of serendipity, and is more gratifying than having a rigid goal in mind.
Historically, my prints have almost always been heavy with several layers of ink, deposited over a period of weeks, months, or years. Some of my newer work is very purposeful, preserving the pristine starkness of the paper.
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