Marilyn Pulling a Print
, Monotype 2004

About the Process

"Prepare to prepare: Wish...
The effort I have to bring has to be given to me
by depth of my wish when I prepare." Jane Heap



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Using the word monotype makes sense to me because I begin with a single print made from an inked plate. I use a variety of techniques to create textures which I later study to see what is there. Working with the image that comes to me I am able to sharpen and develop a visual and emotional response to the textures and shapes of the print which seem to clarify and assemble themselves into astonishing pictures of people, places and events that have no recognizable connection to my life.   As I work it is as if I remember this person and her or his expression.   It is an emotional quality that is slowly revealed as I draw out the image. qI can feel and see the eyes, the curve of a forehead, a hand holding something.

The presence of these figures exists in an ether of memory beyond my own existence, extending to a past and to a future, giving clear directions through textures of just how and what I should draw.   Usually I feel an immediate compassion for the figure that shows itself.   Often genderless, out of time and looking intently at me or somewhere else or at someone else. The look is occasionally pleading, knowledgeable, and communicates an awareness of my presence and scrutiny of its physical being and its relation to myself and the world in which I live.   In this way the drawings assert emotions in their own terms and offer assorted facts that visually describe answers to questions I am slowly seeing and learning to ask.

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