Friday, April 29, 2011
"48", monoprint, variable edition, 1/16, 24" x 6"
I took a survey recently of women who own silverware asking:
1. What is your silverware pattern?
2.Why did you choose it?
3. When did you choose it?
4.Did the women in your family have a silverware pattern? If so, which one and when did the tradition begin?
5.What do you think the pattern says about you?
6.How many pieces do you have? Does it matter?
The majority answered all of the questions,with vigor and originality, with the exception of one question: When did the tradition begin? Some gave an estimated guess, but no one knew for sure who had started the tradition they carry on today and will most likely pass on to their own children.
The work above is a print that I did in response to the survey. I off-set three different etched copper plates, alternating plates, and ran them each through the press forty-eight times, printing on top of each other. Forty-eight is not a significant number, but it was simply the point where I stopped being able to see the forks clearly through all the prints, and the point where I began to lose my place with the forks- the action itself had begun to be so repetitive.