02 April 2007

I Like This Better

KnownAndUnknown

Thanks for your comments on my last post, and for following along. This making-mistakes-in-public thing is humbling. Heck, moku hanga is humbling -- there are an infinite number of ways to go wrong. I think that's why I like it.

Here's a whole new version of the Iceberg print. I call it "Known and Unknown." I find the symbol of the iceberg itself very potent: the melting of the polar ice cap, a representation of how little of the total climate change picture we can really see and the potential size of the problem, as well as the associations we all have with icebergs and the Titanic. Because the symbol and shape itself is so powerful, there's no need to overstate what's going on by using odd colors. I decided to keep it simple and let the shape itself have center stage.

7 comments:

Seppel Simon said...

Thank you for having the courage to post the process that went into this print! I can certainly identify with the anxiety the creative process involves. And then when things don't come out the way one hopes, it can be doubly crushing. One must be bold to be an artist! Once again, I truly appreciate what you share, because you give all of the rest of us online the opportunity to learn with you.

Ellen Shipley said...

Oh yeah! This is even better. 8-]

Sue said...

I really like this latest version. Fab colouring and textures!

Diane Cutter said...

Ah, yes, Annie. While I liked the green, this is much better. Your yellow glow behind the ice cap really sets off the upper part of the piece.

peggy koenig said...

A wonderful variation. As you said, the power of the subject doesn't need overstating. One of the strengths of non-reductive or multiple plate printing is the ability to vary the intention/meaning by simply choosing a different colour pallete.

Annie B said...

Thanks everyone. Peggy, you're right about the ability to do variations when you don't work reductively - definitely a plus. Unfortunately, doing variations wasn't my intention here. This was just a case of not liking my initial choices. I have a friend who keeps scolding me about not doing enough test printing before I start my editions. He's right, but I get so impatient...

Fnto said...

you are an artist