Mixed Media/Screen print
Varnish transfer/let dry
Screen-print on panels
I work on several projects concurrently, as one feeds another, creating threads of meaning and a communication between distinct artworks. Often one element will carry over, formally or conceptually reinterpreted in some way. The image that formed the basis for my 2015 mixed media work, Twilight, had been through several permutations in oil, watercolor, and photo etching before it was adjusted and recast as a small screen print for use here.
Twin panels of heavy, disused wood provided the slightly uneven, naturalistic surface I sought for the transfer of a chosen passage of text, and I discovered, through trial and error, that soft gel would achieve the slightly chipped, vanishing effect I hoped the text would convey. An application of varnish enhanced the image and brought it forward, after which I applied the individual screen print several times onto the dry surface. The two panels were joined with hinges in a way that might evoke heavy tablets, or perhaps a door.
Although the text throws a particular light on the work, the words are fragmented and illusory, as are the floating, slightly luminous figures that dominate the foreground. The intended effect is of a moment in time, and of a limited and dissolving chance to see both image and text clearly.
The text, taken from a quotation by William O Douglas, reads
As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight in which everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we must all be aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness.