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Dream of Flying is a monotype print created in 2015. It combines my expressive, loose technique of mark-making with figurative subjects. While studying the surrealist technique of automatism, or automatic drawing, I began introducing it in my own way to the monotype printmaking process, combining it with mindfulness meditation while I worked.

The imagery in Dream of Flying developed out of meditating on an old photograph I took of my brother. I utilized the action and floating/falling aspect of that moment. I reflected upon the events and memories that have happened since that fleeting, yet significant moment.

Monotypes are a unique form of printmaking in that the image is created by applying ink to a blank plate. While wet, the ink is shaped, wiped away, and moved around on the plate to create the image. The image exists solely within that thin layer of ink on the plate. Before the ink dries, a sheet of dampened printmaking paper is placed on top of the plate and pressure is applied. The ink -- the image -- transfers to the paper, and a monotype is produced. Only one complete print may be pulled from the plate, making the monotype a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art.

Dream of Flying is part of a series of monotypes created for my solo exhibition Interpersonal, which was held at the Steckline Gallery at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. The exhibition ran from January through February 2016.

Dream of Flying is signed on the back and is sold unframed. It is what is termed a "bleed" print, meaning that the image extends to the edges of the paper so that there is no border.

Materials used:

Bone black etching ink on archival Rives BFK printmaking paper

Dream of Flying (2015)


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