I have spent a day screen printing onto South Bank Smooth Paper and onto mirrors. I calling the series, Happy Places, because the fragments of imagery are harvested from my previous drawings of places that were happy memories for me thinking back on my life.
I’ve prepared a couple of images in bitmap, so I can screen print them onto mirrors tomorrow. The second image reminds me of Stephen King’s 1980 novella, The Mist because of the tentacles emerging from the other side of the door. I find it interesting because it is related to the genre magical realism, which is a mundane setting with something that’s unreal. I’m also reading Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore, which is based on an alternate reality of some sort. I think that’s what I’m trying to do with my work by adding tentacles, but interestingly I’m also using mirrors that reflect what’s tangible and real.
I used a craft knife and cut out sections of -1 to create a void in the scene depicted in the photocopy. This introduces the wall behind the piece as another part of the artwork, because it breaks the dimension of the fiction and the real world that the viewer is in.
I tried another experiment with a mirror as a background for the work. My goal is to screen print onto the mirror directly. I emailed Justin whether I can print on mirrors, and what print technique would be most appropriate. He replied back screen printing, which is great because I’ve had previous practice with the technique so I have a better understanding of what to do.
I’ve also emailed Dan and asked if he can laser cut mirrors, which I found out is possible, but only with mirrored acrylic and not glass.