Compression #4 is an abstract, perhaps conceptual piece which uses geometric shapes, mosaic composition principles and a red/yellow/orange/black palette to evoke the feeling of tension created by the interaction of pressure and resistance. While it is numbered, it is a monoprint, a single, unique print. The numbering refers to the particular image and its coloring. It is not part of an edition of identical (or almost identical) prints from that plate. It is a collograph, that is, the printing plate is created by building up the base plate rather than by cutting into it, as in the case of an etching, woodcut or drypoint. I find that, when exploring conceptual images, the collograph process provides greater adaptability and flexibility.
Compression #4 has just returned home after being exhibited at “The Mosaic Muse,” a juried art show at City Hall in Philadelphia, PA in February and March of this year.
Compression #4 has also been accepted into the “Arizona Aqueous” juried art show at the Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, Arizona, which opens January 29, 2016.