CROWN (star inversion 2), 2020 | drypoint etching, relief printed with extender | 140 x 140 mm
CROWN, which marks my first return to printmaking in 20 years, was made for a print folio project designed to kick-start a new print collective, an initiative by the printmaker, Dawn Cole and artist, Dan Thompson. The folio theme, Isle, I’ll, Aisle, seemed to emerge from the malaise brought on by Brexit and now, with the social distancing brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems almost prescient. Using my signature geometric mesh, an isle begins to emerge capped by a crown of clouds. This takes form after returning from Japan, where I observed clouds forming around Mount Fuji. The clouds, barely visible in the prints, can be seen here on the metal plate. The Latin for crown, corōna, expresses the more sinister underlying theme.
CROWN (star inversion), 2020 | drypoint etching, relief printed with extender | 140 x 140 mm
CROWN (diversion), 2020 | drypoint etching, grey/white on black paper | 140 x 140 mm