In November I spent a few days in Greymouth and Hokitika, and visited Hokitika Gorge. The shapes and colours have invaded my mind & are appearing in my art.
When I did my final (4th) year at The Learning Connection a few strong marks emerged, including a sort of curved power pole with a cross beam, normally in cream. (I can’t find an image of these works anywhere)
I’m finding those marks have reappeared in a new form – this time as a cross with some tiny hatchmarks near it, a cross and some hatchmarks inside a circle, and a curved pair of parallel lines with a cross beam. The circle / oval are featuring too, and are fairly new to me in terms of consistent use.
I’ve shown below some works from 2008, and some of the new works I’ve been doing, which are gelli prints as a base with mark making in subsequent layers. Looking at these, the connection between the 2008 marks, and today’s marks, isn’t as obvious as I thought it would be …
(in other news, I think my scanner glass needs a good clean)
Interesting observation Cath. I’ve often wondered if perhaps the mind has it’s own language, hence it’s own hieroglyphics, as though it’s trying to tell us something. Similarly, I’ve wondered about the marks one makes when doodling – just imagine what an interesting study it would have been to examine a retrospective of those marks throughout the years and compare the symbols that emerged and re-emerged. You’ve given me fodder for thought and good motivation to “scribble” in a journal! All the best in the new Year.
I think you’re probably right because no two artist’s marks are quite the same, and even trying to copy doesn’t work. Happy ‘scribbling’ and happy 2019.
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