Half Circles, ink on paper, 11 x 9 in.
Back in July, soon after I started making potato prints, I wrote about how their improvisational process was so different from the rest of my work. It hasn't gotten any easier, and I haven't felt any more assured about what I'm up to, but something here keeps me at it. The prints in this post are from two sessions over the past two months, from which more than half the work ended up in the trash. In Half Circles, I like the image of circles that are completed, yet not whole. But, does this image....
Three Across, Three Down, ink on paper, 20 x 15 1/2 in.
...or this, carry enough form, meaning, feeling, to be any good? These do look much better in person, when the texture of ink and paper can be enjoyed, but the fact that I've never worked in this way before makes for a great deal of uncertainty. The simplicity of Three Across appeals to me....
Encircled, ink on paper, 10 x 13 in.
...as does the more complex and humorous composition of Encircled.
Barred Circles, ink on paper, 12 x 10 3/4 in.
I've always hated repeating myself, and I'm always trying to make images different from ones that came before. With this medium, that feels more difficult, because of the limitations of potatoes, their size and the shapes I can cut from them.
Vertical, ink on paper, 15 x 12 in.
So, it's necessary for me to keep leaping out there,
Reach, ink on paper, 11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.
trying to be inventive, fresh and free.
Openings, ink on paper, 12 x 13 in.
And maybe not be too judgmental, but simply enjoy the process and see where it takes me.