Having been inspired by working and developing my symbolic, conceptual imagery relative to my exhibition theme (see notes below), I first started this work wanting to combine actual stitching lines into the stretched 3D canvas with simply, side by side, three different lino-cut heart design prints using a specific gold-yellow ochre printing ink, which was only available in a water based lino ink.
After initially hand printing the first three lino-plate heart images (transfer process involved simulating placing paper down on top of the printing plate and applying hard hand pressure on back of canvas with a hard rubber roller and also rubbing with large flat spoon ~ a tricky process working with a 3D box canvas) I then discovered the dried ink state was quite ‘powdery’ and non water resistant on the primed and stretched canvas surface. I needed to ‘seal’ the printed surface with an appropriate varnish if I was keep it.
This second stage, the sealing process, lost the beautiful simplistic texture, colour and tone of the original prints on the canvas texture. I decided next to creatively evolve and expand it further into a ‘multi-layered’ compositional work, within the confines of suitable and compatible solvent type mediums and stitching imagery.
I proceeded by applying in several stages three different lino-cut plate heart images using different coloured oil-based inks and also combining my vessel images into the layers mix using rolled up oiled ink paper stencils, in both positive/negative forms.
Heart & Pot Vessels – Symbols for one’s ‘well-being’, embodiment, containment, inward alchemy; twisting patterns – movement, channels, passage, direction.
Centre vessels: facing up – open/receive; facing down – dome, sheltered/pouring out essence, transition.
‘Spatial’ stitching – spirit, energies; undulating base line – cycles, rhythms, passage, river beneath the river, spiritual journey;
Symbol of 3 – Collective being of ‘the Me, the Be & the I’ in reference to ‘The Trinity Creation’™
Message – Symbolism > All is a spiritual meditative reflection, relative to ‘Health, Well-Being, Balance, Understanding, Peace, Unity, Joy, Happiness and Prosperity’ to living on this planet Earth together.’ From the Solo Exhibition Elevating the Spirit, Cairns Regional Gallery, 2007 (selected). Toured: April 24 – May 31, 2009, Main Space (selected), Umbrella Studio, Contemporary Arts, Townsville.
…“We are of the same divine essence that connects us all to the source of the spirit, one God, one source, many different manifestations.” …“Vedic tradition divides the world into reality, which is formed of spirit, and illusion composed of transient forces and events. The task set is for every person to pierce the veil of illusion in order to discover the spirit in everything”… “Reality is a mirror of the soul.” (Deepak Chopra, ‘The Path to Love’) … “The world is full of resonance’s. It constitutes a cosmos of things exerting a spiritual action. The dead matter is a living spirit.” (Wassily Kandinsky from Article ‘On the question of the form’)