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Paper Dreams


Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams

I am thrilled to finally unveil my latest large piece, Paper Dreams, which was completed in 2015. Paper Dreams is probably the most complex and considered artwork I have created to date. Below is the artist statement I prepared for the work.

“Paper Dreams is a complex paper and wood sculpture created as a meditation on the impermanence and fragility of our dreams. Designed to loosely resemble paper strips going through a shredder, it consists of multiple photopolymer gravure prints with poetry, and reflects a significant period in my artistic life. By cutting and discarding portions of these prints, I surrendered the life I had created for them. In doing so I was able to create something new and beautiful, demonstrating how destruction and creation often go hand in hand, as do fragility and resilience.”

The idea for Paper Dreams began with a desire to create a complex paper construct made up of multiple hand-pulled prints, which would provide glimpses of figures in various moments and moods. This would be achieved through a combination of layering, folding and cutting of the prints. I had, over the years, created a large number of figurative works on paper, and in a decisive moment of clarity I realized what I truly wished to achieve. I wanted to create an artwork that represented who I was as an artist at this moment in time. Gathering all these images together in one piece would be one way to do that. At the same time, by tearing and discarding portions of these prints I was letting go of the life and dreams I had created for them individually. This was not an easy thing to do. I chose prints that I had deep connection to for their meaning and quality, as well as the treasured experience of creating them. They were an integral part of my life as an artist and a woman. Many of them were self portraits. By shredding them I was letting go of my own dreams. And in the letting go I found that I was able to create something new and beautiful with its own new life and meaning.

Below is a photo of the initial stages of layering and ordering the images. Some of the prints had to be cut and collaged onto new stips of paper to fit well. Here you see them before any collaging was done.

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Paper Dreams in progress

Several new prints were created for the piece as well, and new and old poems were added throughout the work, all with dream motifs.  While choosing the images for the piece I realized that the word “dream” had been used in a good many of the individual artwork titles. Where I could, I left these visible. Below is a detail showing some of the poetry.

Paper Dreams, detail

Paper Dreams, detail

The photo above also shows how the layering affords mere glimpses at times of the images behind the front layers. I decided early on that this piece would be unframed and the poetry would be written in pencil, as this was an essential part of the theme of fragility. It was also necessary in order to lift layers to see those behind.

To anchor the pieces of paper I chose two strips of maple cut from one piece sliced in half and which had a  gorgeous live edge on the top. I found it rummaging through Detlef Grundmann’s woodworking shop and commissioned him to cut and sand it to size for me. I then finished it with GAC on the inside for a protective barrier where the paper would adhere to and with a finishing wax everywhere else. The pieces of paper were then glued on in four layers, two to the back piece and two to the front piece of wood. Finally the two pieces of wood were joined together as shown below. The back piece was wired like a regular frame for hanging

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Clamping the wood pieces together.

Below is a side view of the artwork showing its three dimensionality.

paper Dreams, side view

Paper dreams, side view

The title, Paper Dreams, works on several levels. It refers to the nature of the materials used in the artwork, wood and paper being the same material in different stages of creation. Primarily it denotes the fragile and transitory nature of life, attachments and desires and the deeply personal perspectives from which we view our world and ourselves.

Paper Dreams will have it’s unveiling at the 2016 Sooke Fine Art Show this July 22 – August 1 at the SEAPARK Complex in Sooke, BC. There will be a Purchaser’s Preview evening on Thursday, July 21, 7-10pm and an Artists’ Celebration on July 23, 7-10pm. If you are in the area please do visit the show and enjoy the many fabulous artworks on display.

To whet your appetite here is a final detail of the artwork.

Paper Dreams, detail

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Paper Dreams, photopolymer gravure on paper on wood, 34″x33″

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A Bed of Lotus


A Bed of Lotus

A Bed of Lotus

Remember my sneak peak? Well here is the completed artwork, all finished and mounted onto board!

It’s a multiplate print measuring 18″x24″ and titled A Bed of Lotus. Creating the artwork was a fun challenge, especially the surrounding abstract section, which was worked over quite a bit. Mounting it was an even greater challenge due to its large size. It required precise trimming of the paper, brushing of acrylic medium on both the back of the paper and front of the board and then some very careful aligning of both elements and pressing down to ensure that all would be glued together with no air bubbles. I used some strong muscle with a baren over wax paper on the piece to push down the paper which continually wanted to curl upwards. Finally I weighted everything down overnight to firm the bond.

I painted the sides of the board prior to mounting the print and waxed them to seal afterwards. A close up of one side is shown below.

A Bed of Lotus, side view

A Bed of Lotus, side view

Mounting the piece rather than framing behind glass was a little scary, so much could have gone wrong, but the final result is very pleasing and impactful as there is no glass to blunt the view of the print. It’s a much lighter piece to move around as well! A few more details are below.

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

 A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

I intend to submit A Bed of Lotus to a show but if you’d like to save me the trouble I am offering it this week at $750.


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Latest Artwork – Sneak Peak


Untitled, detail

Untitled, detail

Today I have the unusual situation of having the exact number of followers of this blog as I do Facebook fans. They’re not large numbers but together they represent a sizable number of people who find my artwork interesting enough to follow and engage in with me.

To thank you all I am giving you a sneak peak into my latest work. It is one that has spent a lot of time percolating in my head. The central image is an 11″x16″ photogravure I have partially printed once before. It is surrounded by a large abstract monotype and the entire piece measures 18″x24″. As always the result on paper is not exactly what I had imagined but I am enjoying the bright colors and am very pleased with it. It is as yet unfinished and untitled. Maybe you might have some ideas for a title?


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Breathe- The Future Is Ahead


Breathe

Breathe

 

I submitted this photograph to a National Geographic’s Your Shot assignment with the theme of Change In Your Life. Thinking of my daughter’s birthday tomorrow, I remembered this photo which I took of her at a time of change in both our lives. You can see the shot on the National Geographic site, with a description, here. Please like and share if you can.

I have made several prints from this photograph over the years, including ones I posted about here and here, and the ones below.

I don’t think I will ever tire of this image, for it holds the beginnings of my daughter’s future in its hands, as tightly as she is holding it here. Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Breathe, 2

Breathe, 2

Breathe, 1

Breathe, 1


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When Modern Meets Tradition – A Wedding Portrait


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Tony

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Christina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of creating these two beautiful portraits of my lovely niece and her charming husband. The pictures were taken by their professional photographer on their wedding day and I was given permission to convert them into these photopolymer gravure etchings. In so doing I was able to give the images my own artistic touch.

The photographs I had to work with were in black and white, but I decided a rich sepia tone would warm them up and give them the vintage quality I was going for. The texture created by the printmaking process also enhanced that sense of a bygone era, and the use of oil paint on rich printmaking paper ensured an archival work of art, rich with the tradition of an old art technique.

This classic tradition contrasts nicely with the totally modern clothes, poses and presentation in two separate, side by side pieces of art. The couple is not together, nor looking at each other or the camera, but a strong connection is created by the dark, rich tones, their gazes somewhat in the direction of the other and the obvious fact that they are bride and groom.

I am happy to report that the couple was overjoyed with the final result and are very eager to hang their portraits in a prominent place in their home.

 


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Sidney Fine Art Show – A Languid Dream of Rapture


Ok, it’s not my cleverest title for a blog post but as you will see a most appropriate one.

I am thrilled to report that I have had all three of my submissions accepted into the Sidney Fine Art Show this year. The pieces are described below.

Languid Light – This piece began with some ghost imagery from a previous print and was completed with collage and pencil work to create a multi-layered and textured piece infused with a cool light and warm undertones, invoking a languid, sultry mood. The frame, painted by me, is a cool blue with sides and underpainting of bright red.

Languid Light, framed

Languid Light, framed

December Dream – after pulling the fourth and final monoprint from this plate I decided to let the remaining ink dry on the plate and frame the plate itself as a work of art. With its coppery glow and hint of color I think it makes quite a striking, evocative piece.

December Dream, framed

December Dream, framed

The Rapture – The final piece is a diptych of two photopolymer gravure etchings of striking statues I photographed in Italy. The prints are collaged on board, with strips of abstract, complimentary imagery added to the sides. The image on the left is of a small statue in a Florentine cemetery. The one on the right is a portion of the famous Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi in Florence’s Loggia dei Lanzi adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria. Both images and statues center around themes of life, passion and death.

The Rapture, diptych, framed

The Rapture, diptych, framed

If you are in town please visit the Sidney Fine Art Show to view these and the nearly 400 fabulous works of art that will be on display.

Sidney Fine Art Show
Mary Winspear Center
Sidney, BC
October 17-19, 2014

 


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Tuesday Tales – Summer’s End


Summer's End

Summer’s End

As we cherish the last few days of summer, there is a crispness in the air that brings on feelings of nostalgia for times gone by.

This piece was created for my first solo show, In Her Eyes, and I talked about doing the photo shoot that produced this image in the lead-up to the show. As I look at it now, I am reminded of the tremendous fun and feelings of empowerment that the shoot engendered. More than that, I am reminded of a  friend that I cherish and, hopefully, honour with this piece. The title of the piece was inspired by this Foo Fighters song of the same name. It has that same feeling of nostalgia and remembrance.

That first solo show was over four years ago and it’s been over three years since my last one.  Perhaps it’s time to think about doing another.

Summer’s End, an 8″x10″ photopolymer gravure etching on 15″x20″ paper, is offered this week at $250.
Contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com for further info or if you’d like to purchase it.