With war and terrorism prominent in the news these days I considered the emotions of the population caught up in war zones, those who don’t have anything to do with the fight but who are trapped in regions of unrest and fighting. I thought about the unpredictability of their situation and what they might be thinking: Will they come out alive? Will their lives be forever changed? Will their homes be destroyed? Will they be able to find food, water and medicine? How will they rebuild the future? Who will be in control and how will that effect them?
The two emotions I felt could be applied to each of these hypothetical questions are fear and dread. I went with dread.
Charcoal grey was mixed and, using a mask, printed as a border and bar. This is intended to indicate the feeling of being trapped within – within a situation, within a geographical location, within something that you have no control over.
Print 1: 110gsm cartridge paper. Imagery as described. Red paint was spattered on to the print plate. I tried white spirits to dissipate it, as a technique suggested by my tutor earlier in the course, but it had no effect on these oils. So the spatter was roughly wiped with a paper cloth. A final very light ghost print of translucent red was applied over the whole print.
Print 2: 80gsm photocopy paper. Not having used text before, and using a mask, I decided to add DREAD prior to the red layers. The red spatter is a ghost print from the first image (repositioned twice), whilst the more solid overlay is a ghost print from Print 3 below.
Print 3: 185gsm smooth watercolour paper. Here I made the lettering much more prominent as it seemed to disappear into the print on the last version. I also left out the spatter and created a much more solid and semi-translucent red overlay. The roller was used roughly, so leaving lines, marks and a variation in colour density. The edges of the print were not masked, hence the uneven outer edges where the roller was applied to the print plate forming a rough rectangular outline.
Maybe not a concept that is truly unique but I’m fairly pleased with the experimentation. I learned a lot regarding creating texture, adding text, positioning and overlaying colours, especially over darker layers.
Techniques used include collage & collage manipulation, layering colours, rolling unevenly to create texture and interest, spattering paint with brushes, positive and negative masking, textural effects using rough paper cloths, working with text, freeform print edges without using a print plate edge or masks.
I’m not sure how these will be received by my tutor (or anyone else interested) but I’m fairly happy with the outcome of Print 3.
Below, ghost print of lettering on A4 paper. All other prints on A3.
Firing squad – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/history-of-the-first-world-war-in-100-moments/a-history-of-the-first-world-war-in-100-moments-the-mutiny-that-sent-a-ripple-of-fear-through-the-empire-9275522.html
Sacrificed in vain – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2532923/Michael-Gove-blasts-Blackadder-myths-First-World-War-spread-television-sit-coms-left-wing-academics.html
Shore landing & Men with gun & American soldier – http://www.imgarcade.com/1/world-war-1-soldiers-fighting/
Trenches – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tales-of-hell-in-wwi-trenches-caring-428407
Crashed plane – http://www.historicalphotosdaily.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/ww1-planes-in-battle.html
Gun Crew – http://www.1914-1918.net/rfa_units.htm