I love and will continue the print series I started last year based on satellite maps ("Love Songs for a Small Planet"), but the process of making those prints is very long and arduous. I want to develop a different kind of process for myself, one that I can do when time is more limited, one that is more free and loose. I'd also like to develop a way of working that allows reuse of some of my blocks and I'd like to discover printing methods that create a more painterly effect.
In the quest of those elusive goals, I begin with the four heads in the previous post. I'm not exactly sure where this will lead, but that unsureness itself is a sign of progress for me; I'm not a "happy accident" kind of person, but I want to push myself farther in that direction.
Last night I picked up this block and began to draw on it:
I had stumbled across this image a few weeks ago while searching the internet for ancient Indian drawings of the chakras for an editorial assignment:
This design is called hiranyagarbha, translated as the Golden Egg or the Golden Womb. In the Rigveda, Hiranyagarbha, the creator and animating principle of all being, is said to have arisen in the beginning inside a golden egg resplendent as the sun. I imagine this series of human heads to be about the mind and ways of thinking, so I like the idea of the first print being about the birth of thought. I drew The Golden Egg inside the head, drawing directly on the wood:
And then I cut a few stencils to use with the blocks: