Printmaking Formats: Numbers of Prints

I had originally planned for the format of these monotypes to be six prints in a row, but recently it’s become apparent that this will not necessarily be the case with every plate. Depending on a number of factors, including the amount of ink on the plate, as well as how well the printing goes on each ghost, I’ve decided that I’m going to expand my format to include triptychs as well. A few of the plates either didn’t yield ghost prints that were different enough from each other to warrant six prints, or there simply weren’t enough ghost prints because there was too little ink on the plate.

I definitely wanted to set specific numbers for the format to provide cohesion for the prints when they’re shown together. I like the idea of triptychs because it’s half of six, and also because it creates a beginning, middle, and an end. Since the prints are very much about a progression, it made sense to me that this was necessary. I had a few prints with which I experimented with having four prints in a row, and it just looked too even; it was too easy for your eye to simply split them down the middle and see two on each side.

Submerge III


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