Yesterday afternoon I did a test run of my idea for a print installation. Using monotype sketches, I used various prints which were printed on both interfacing and organza to see if this installation idea could actually work. In the image below, I took several 18″ x 24″ monotypes and layered them on top of each other to create varying degrees of tonal contrast and translucency between the layers. I was pretty excited about some of the visual effects, particularly in the water. In terms of the figures, I would certainly want to eventually play with shifting the scale of each figure to gain much more in terms of depth. The one aspect that I’m still feeling indecisive about is the rectangular shape of each print which is so apparent. Does the rectangular shape interfere with the fluidity and flow of the figures and water? Or does it break up the potential monotony of the water passages?
Below is another test run where I layered three 46″ x 30″ monotypes. If I continue working at this scale, I’m imagining that the installation could be uup to 20′ long and 8′ high. What I like the best about this format is that I can preserve some of the rich blacks by exposing them between the layers, as seen below.