My monotypes (one-of-a-kind works on paper) begin with my experience of a human or more than human being and their interactions. I use natural as well as manmade found objects, and consider this act of using these materials in my art as a way of extending their presence: a dried flower, a plant's roots, fallen leaves, bark, empty box covers, wrapping paper, remnant strings and rubber bands, I want to make the most of their presence around us and gratefully respect their making and history through my art. These materials are the main characters of my stories-in-the-making, the pieces of some large or small puzzle.
I ink these objects/beings and place them on an inked plexiglass plate, and then I place a damp piece of paper on top, and finally I either press it by hand or using an etching press. After pulling the original print, I can either use the "ghost" plate and pull another print, or remove what is on the plate and use the images left on it (the "ghost"). Also I can add new inked objects/beings or use another side of the existing ones. I love the possibilities and playfulness that come up as well as the surprises and lessons learned in trusting the process of dedication and full presence in doing art. Each print is unique and the result of adventurous wanderings and interacting relationships.
If you are interested in a monotype, email me at artekstura [at] gmail [dot] com. We will discuss your needs and preferences. I want to make my art and practices accessible, therefore I use a sliding scale for interested supporters and appreciators of my work.