Natural habitats will always be at the mercy of human needs. But in this case, I felt very emotional about one particular tree. It was a beautiful eucalypt, tall and old, but healthy and resilient even though it was close to the road and a busy intersection. Then as they started the road works, I noted it was on the wrong side of the construction fencing. And that means its days were numbered. This made me very sad as I reflected on its fate. Then one day it was gone.
This event has inspired me to start working on a new series of monotypes. My idea is to do multiple mini prints using individual leaves, employing repetition as a form of meditation. Each leaf print will act as a metaphor for my desire to hold onto the memory of those trees, as if I'm trying not to forget them, and to remember the joy they gave me as I drove through that avenue of majestic gums.
I started working on these prints whilst on holidays at the coast. My print studio as always comes on holiday with me, this time I was able to set up my Xcut printer on the kitchen benchtop, so I had sea views as I worked. I also used my holiday time to ride my bicycle to local bushland to collect leaves to print with. I wanted to find ones that had character and would do justice to my idea.
I've ended up with a large selection of prints, I'm thinking that I will create a series of two or three artworks, loosely titled 'Memory of Trees' or 'Meditation on Trees'. Through my artwork I will remember those trees, in particular that tall majestic gum on the wrong side of the fence.
|My art studio in the kitchen of our unit.|
|Printing on the Xcut.|
|The view from our unit.|
|Out mountain biking, collecting leaves.|
Can you see the Lace Monitor on the tree behind me?
|Some of the leaf prints, I love repetition in monoprinting,|
as every print is different.
|Pulling the print and seeing the image is|
|The ghost image on the plate, held|
up to the light... beautiful!
|Another magical print. I LOVE monoprinting!|
|I love how the leaf develops some gorgeous colours too.|