Artist's description:

By using pieces of the tree that have died or fallen I created work in a state of evolution. The fallen tree represents the death, while using it within the work it is reborn. Over the last few years I have worked by print, establishing an instant image and then by confronting this with another image of equivalent power. The cross section of the fallen tree and the images of my navel were treated separately long before they were allowed to interact. The tree stumps are sinuous in their outline which is called to mind the human figure, specifically that of the female form. In growth it leaves permanent mark, be it rings, stretch marks or scars. By reading scars we can read our own history. Using my own navel I was able to explore the connection between trees and the human figure.

Screen print allowed me to compose, evolve and annotate with new combinations of images from earlier pictures. I composed as a musician would, combining themes that are powerfully direct in themselves into structure that are more demanding and richly complex comprehension. In print after print, glimpses and more often, distant patches or larger areas of the under layers are left visible, as if to disclose some of the history of the work, that is, the mind that decided what to print over and where.

Materials used:

system 3 ink on 200gsm Somerset printing paper

Navel (2012)


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This artwork is sold by Fionnuala O'Neill from United Kingdom

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