As someone who is creative dare I say an artist, it is hard to know when you have made something that is worthy of being defined as ‘art’.
Duchamp is famous for saying that we as artists define the art work no one else. But maybe he could at his time coupled with his reputation?
For me the collages were lacking something. They seemed too obvious. I wanted there to be more intrigue and maybe more of a process.
Thinking back to even my art foundation days, there had always been a variety of processes that incorporated different techniques with a lot of trial and error. Experimenting was always fun and intriguing as I like the element of surprise.
Which brought me to one of my favourite print making techniques - mono printing. There being a lack of control was equally exciting and frustrating in equal measure. But sometimes happy accidents occur and thats what inspired the next stages.
These prints slightly differ in terms of their techniques. The first one used the traditional approach of rolling out the ink on to a plate. Whereas the second one used carbon paper, which was much less messier but lacked some of the aesthetic that comes from previous method.
However there is never any guarantee, as you can see from the third print. But that’s the artistic journey or trial and error.