ABSTRACTED EMOTIONS #1

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

ABSTRACTED EMOTIONS #1 is a hand inked and hand pulled monotype printed on paper I made using scrap watercolor and business paper which is in turn mounted on another sheet of paper I made using banana peel and abaca. ABSTRACTED EMOTIONS #1 is the first in a series which will try to match abstract prints with handmade papers from materials such as banana peels, corn husks, asparagus stalks, kale stems, pineapple leaves and cantaloupe rinds each of which produces a paper with a unique texture and color.  I am finding that the more I become involved in creating art, the more I become interested in using found, salvaged, and recycled objects and materials as part of it, whether it be ceramics, paper making, print making or collage.

WINTER GRASS

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

WINTER GRASS is set at twilight in late December. The sky is clouded and a strong wind is blowing from the North. Snow is in the air. The conditions are harsh and the scene is bleak, yet the grass is resilient, bending but not breaking in the wind, enduring and waiting for the coming of spring. A hand inked and hand pulled monotype printed on watercolor paper, it is matted and framed to 16” x 20”.

 

Crop Circles

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

CROP CIRCLES takes the RUST BELT technique a step further. In CROP CIRCLES, a hard plate is inked fairly heavily and while it is still wet thin pieces of layered and unsealed cardboard are applied as a resist. Additional ink is applied and the plate is allowed to dry. Because some of the ink is absorbed into the cardboard, the cardboard layers separate during printing creating a collage or chin colle effect. Matted and framed to 14” x 11”.

RUST BELT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

RUST BELT is an entirely experimental piece which involved inking a hard plate, applying some resists, adding additional ink and then removing the resists before printing. It was intended to answer the question: “I wonder what would happen if…?” The title, RUST BELT, came after it was completed and I had watched part of a Donald Trump rant the night I completed it. Matted and framed to 24” x 18”.