Monoprints

From The Sea – Sea Interludes

Aldeburgh Journeys – Aldeburgh Fields

Monoprints 1998-9
The two groups of work, “From the Sea” and “Aldeburgh Journies”, represent a major part of the Landscape series. A series of monoprints was produced to accompany each group of paintings; the first a group of five monoprints, the second a group of four.
Each series of prints was produced over a period of several weeks in layers of 3 colours or more for each image. The method involved rolling ink onto a glass plate and then scraping colour off to create detail. Around 20 copies of each image were produced and in each series some 80 prints went through the artists’ hands at least 3 times each.
Using the loose and free rolling and scraping techniques along with the planned layers of colour, Anna had set up a firm structure within which to work. Repetition allowed the production of multiple artworks, but it also had the flexibility to adjust and vary the images from one print to the next. This gave rise to a series of small repeated images, each of which was entirely unique.
The images “From the Sea” (1998) derived from Suffolk seascape combined with a musical source with local relevance – Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes’. Moonlight, Storm, Dawn and Sunday Morning relate to four “Sea Interludes” which occur between the acts of the opera. The idea of linking music with imagery reappears later in Anna’s Community Project, “Music into Art” (2008).
The images for “Aldeburgh Journies” (1999) were derived from the intensity or subtlety of colour found in the areas around this part of Suffolk and developed again into virtually abstract colour studies in each print: Green Gold, Hot Yellow, Blue Green, Pale Cream.

In both cases, the series of monoprints adds another aspect to the paintings as a group of work: production and repetition, control versus freedom and speed, all add their qualities and lead to further experiment in colour and composition.

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