Category Archives: monoprints

deep roots face imprinting- continued

A pictorial (with brief commentary) continuation of my previous discussion on “deep roots: face imprinting“.  Experimentation and exploration of the human visage is the thread here; some of the images I like, some disturb me, but alas, here are some of the results.

'death like the sun' hand embellished monoprint  9"x 12"

‘death like the sun’
hand embellished monoprint 9″x 12″

'adorned' hand embellished monoprint  9" x 12"

‘adorned’
hand embellished monoprint 9″ x 12″

'recognition', hand embellished monoprint 9" x 12"

‘recognition’, hand embellished monoprint
9″ x 12″

monoprint on cloth

monoprint on cloth

'veil' monoprint and acrylic on wood

‘veil’ monoprint and acrylic on wood

'now I see myself' monoprint, photograph & urethane

‘now I see myself’ monoprint, photograph & urethane

Despite this last image looking as though I’ve just been pied, I thought it too rich not to share.

As I have a seemingly short attention span, this is about where I found myself losing interest in the process;  however, my exploration into the human image (inextricably connected to the human condition in all it’s subtleties) continues.

Discussion is welcome. I love discussions.

Until next time,

artboy68

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Deep roots; face imprinting

I believe the human face holds more mystery and intrigue and imprints the heart and mind more powerfully than any other singular image. I am excited to embark on another study of this subject through a series of monoprints, formed by carving and inking 3-dimensional faces and printing them on a variety of surfaces and backgrounds. After first printing, I am delighted to find that this method produces some unpredictable yet totemic images; I cannot help but feel drawn in a deep way (I’m not a psychologist but I suspect due to the instinctual imprinting that remains with us since infancy), and look forward to beginning a new series of works exploring the subject.

I find the paper prints somewhat reminiscent of Rorschach test images and the canvas prints not dissimilar to an ancient burial shroud left with impressions of the long dead.

No two prints are the same. Let me know what you think…

head #1, ink on paper

head #1, ink on paper

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head #1, ink on canvas

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head #1, carved printing block

 

For interest, here is a National Science Foundation report on the psychology of the image of the human face.  http://www.face-and-emotion.com/dataface/nsfrept/psychology.html

Thanks for watching!

artboy68

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