This was my first monoprint collage in the ongoing Transformations series, which came about as a result of desperation that turned into a happy accident. While attending graduate school, my class was given the assignment to make 50 (yes, 50!) pieces of artwork over the weekend. Being a slow worker in general, I panicked. I knew I couldn’t make 50 pieces by Monday, not if I started totally from scratch. But I had been making monoprints (one-off prints) for years, and had many of the “left-overs” laying around – pieces I considered unfinshed or not high enough in quality to exhibit. I was suddenly struck by the wild idea of cutting them up and gluing the pieces together to form collages. Since I really had no time to think it over, I frantically started cutting them apart and combining them into 7 x 7 inch square compositions. Surprisingly, I was able to finish 50 of them on time, and I actually even liked some of them! You can read more about how this series began on this blog post.
Transformation 1 combines a monoprint goddess figure with some flower and leaf prints, and has been embellished with other media such as colored pencils and watercolor crayons. All of these forms are parts of the vocabulary of symbols I’ve developed to communicate my experience of the oneness of every thing in nature. She is the spirit of flowers, of that delicate balance of forces in nature that allows nurturing and growth. I haven’t put it up for sale until now, because it was the one that opened my eyes to the possibility of beginning a real monoprint collage series based on this concept. It holds a special place in my heart, and will bring a sense of peace and balance to any room in your home.