Today’s piece is one that began several years ago but was completed just recently. It is the last one I have of a series of three, each with its own variation of inking and chin colle, as seen below. The piece includes a drypoint plate, with a smaller photo etching plate laid on top. The chin colle is thin paper glued on the surface while running the plates through the press, creating the lightly shaded and irregularly shaped passage around the etching.
The title of the piece above is shortened for it is collaged onto a small wooden block with added imagery on the sides, so it is a newly designed piece. Yet it refers back to the other two for the essential subject is the same, a reflection on the passing of time and our perceptions through it.
The smaller image in the piece is a photo etching of my children on the beach when they were younger. The larger more abstract line work in the drypoint loosely resembles a face with closed eyes and long flowing hair. The chin colle portion represents memory and the vagaries of dreams. The images combined refer to how in my dreams my children are always young, sometimes babies, even though they are fully grown. This is something many parents experience, as I’ve learned by sharing this piece. I guess those early years, when our lives are so intensely intertwined, leave their indelible mark on our psyche, our hearts, and our dreams. And I know, as my children prepare for adventures away from here, they will continue to remain young and close by in my dreams.
Below are two side views of the piece.
In Her Dreams, a 6″x 8″x 1.5″ monoprint, is offered this week at $80.
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