The genesis of this series of monotypes was my experience at Pictured Rocks National
Lakeshore in Michigan where I was an artist in residence in 1998. I went to observe and
work with the park's ancient Cambrian rock formations as a way to further explore the
archeological and geological sources of my work.
Much to my disappointment I found
myself living in a ranger's cabin 30 miles from the cliffs. Nearby, however, were a stream
and a magnificent 12-mile stone beach bordering Lake Superior. Using the imagery of
stones (smaller versions of the cliffs), I explored the same ideas I set out to: deep geologic
time as a metaphor for the complex, layered nature of human experience.
In subsequent work I continued the beach stone iconography and reference to 'flow' adding
new information or 'debris', both biomorphic and man-made, to the imagery. The current
work no longer references the stones but simply the drifting and layering of signs. The
'flow' iconography mediates the introduction of new ideas into my prints.
Monotypes are unique prints made using a plate with a flat surface; no two are alike.
Each print in this series is made with as many as 6 layers using a combination of plates
and stencils. Preliminary layers are printed using a press. In the remaining layers the
stenciling is done by hand.