|Aboard The Beagle|
24" x 36" acrylic monoprints on paper affixed to board
I assembled this piece in much the same way as I do my other pieces. I started with a grid design and added the predetermined papers. It is very much like quilting, literally. These are 6" blocks. I did decide to vary the spacing and so in the second row, I started with a half block and then proceeded to a full block. (I got this idea from a home improvement show that I watch where the guy was laying out roof tiles.) I was able to see very quickly that even though these designs all seemed very similar, they are not. There are densities of tone to deal with, direction, pattern and value. Each mono print seemed to offer something different so I had to kind of corral similar things. I tried to vary what went where so that I would have a cohesive yet diversified patterning. In the end, after each block was applied, I assessed things and added more white or more patterning as needed. It was very challenging because I didn't want to add too many details. I think the overall effect of differentiation would have been lost. It's curious and fun for me to note that although there is a lot of pattern here and strong contrast, I found myself making the exact same decisions as I would normally make when working with solid colors and not quite so much contrast. I seem to have internalized some basic design ideas which to me, is quite wonderful and a big advancement.
As for the title, what can I say? The patterns that emerged on the mono prints seemed to have a botanical/prehistoric/animalistic type feel to them. I saw figures and plants and stars. I was reminded of some things that I have read about Charles Darwin and his voyage aboard the Beagle. I also felt that the prints had a photographic or "x-ray" quality to them. I learned that there is indeed a style of photography called "photograms" which utilizes a kind of botanical x-ray. I really love what emerged from a little experimentation.
OK, hope everyone is having a good week so far. Thanks for reading and commenting.