SPENT I is a double plate etching. The two plates have been inked in the relief method, each one in a contrasting colour. They were produced using a technique called Solar Plate Printmaking - a new non-toxic print process which fixes images onto etching plates which have been coated in ultra violet sensitive polymer. Spent I has been printed onto mould-made, part cotton rag paper that is acid free. There are fifty in this edition of hand-pulled relief prints. Each print has been individually embossed with my SdR logo - see photo.
The body of work called SPENT represents both the days passed and the lives lost in that conflict. Using spent matches as referent to both the time and the people of Syria, I made random patterns by scattering the matches haphazardly; in other prints I positioned the matches in neat bundles, lines, circles; and in two of the prints I exploited the patterns created by the burnt and discarded tips of the wooden sticks. The works juxtapose the delicate beauty of colour and the print process against the stark reality of discarded and changed lives.
Safety matches burn at a rate of around 30 cm per hour, at what rate do the displaced people of Syria deteriorate and lose hope, I wonder? Each match in this work represents an individual. When placing the matches in the desired position I considered those individuals affected by this war; the slow and time-consuming placement of these wooden sticks gave me time to consider the significance represented by matches which stand upright; those which have fallen over; those marked and scarred by their experience; and those which are nearly at the point of disintegration. The visual appeal of the finished works, I hope, signifies the beauty of the human spirit when pushed to its limit.
matches, polymer coated metal plates, oil based ink, Zirkall paper, printing press.