17.5 x 22.5 inches original aluminium plate lithograph with a layer of serigraphy, chine colle and hand-colouring on beautiful deckle-edged archival Canson paper
Very limited edition of 5 prints
Beginning with a quick self-portrait created spontaneously during a moment of 'inner searching', inspired by the German expressionists, this artwork developed as an expression of my quest to discover and know my inner self better, by 'flying' to different experiences and places, and hoping for better realities. It is also an expression of an urge to get away from the immediacy and discomfort of everyday life, and dreaming of another one. The sky backdrop has been inspired by an old kimono pattern, and the origami aeroplane is an experiment with chine colle, using a carefully preserved 1920s' newspaper block to print on Nepalese lokhta paper.
This is essentially a mixed media artwork, with several layers of aluminium plate lithography (using the reduction method), one layer of serigraphy (screen printing), chine colle and a tiny bit of hand-colouring to complete it. In aluminium plate lithography, the drawing is made directly on the plate, just like for stone lithography, and the ink is rolled on with alternating layers of water in between, and then hand-pulled from an etching press.