Prints

The Hypnea series of monoprints is the result of extensive experimentation with printmaking techniques over a period of 5 years. Using photo silkscreen and scientific illustrations of aquatic algae (e.g. Hypnae), DNA molecules, plant and animal cells, botanical images, and pathogens, I establish visual connections between my own invented images and the evolutionary forms I have encountered in nature. The inclusion of objective biological imagery has significantly altered both the formal elements and the meaning of my work.

In these monoprints, I use several methods for achieving spatial depth. The first is an overlapping of as many as six different layers of photo silkscreen, monoprint, oil paint, and collage. Then I embellish depth by juxtaposing different colored inks among the layers. For example, in Nuance, the pale yellow silkscreen bottom layer used in each print remains significant, giving the image a light and promising quality. In contrast, Surface Tension has a darker and more foreboding appearance because the pale yellow color has been almost completely obliterated by subsequent layering. Finally, I apply such physically dense materials as oil paint and collage to the top layer to further increase pictorial depth.

Conceptually, the imagery in these prints evokes thoughts about time in both evolutionary and human terms. Ranging from the relatively primitive forms of aquatic algae seen in Trade Off to the more stylized double-helix shapes of DNA in Hierarchy these images represent the process of time acting on biological systems — the tangible measure of evolution. On a human level, the exaggerated spatial depth, created through the process of overlapping layers of various media, implies time as a tangible reality because it is a literal record of the making of my art.

The Hypnea series represents a significant shift from the primary focus of my paintings on formal issues to one that is more conceptually based. In addition to evoking an emotional response in the viewer through the manipulation of color, shape, line, and texture, these monoprints also precipitate rational thoughts about both the history and current status of our natural world. In my current work, I strive to link the senses with the mind.