I've just mailed an edition of 12 lino-cuts off to The Printmaking Center of New Jersey for their 'Autumn Print Exchange'. Hand pulled printmaking techniques must be used, woodcuts, litho, intaglio, photography, lino, silkscreen etc. The Printmaking Council of New Jersey (PCNJ) is a non-profit fine arts center specializing in print and paper media.
Theme of exhibition: Sea-change: a poetic term referencing a gradual transformation in which the form is retained but the substance is replaced, as with petrification. PCNJ invites participants to address the visual interpretation of this theme as "see"-change. The prints will be exhibited in the PCNJ gallery space between November 24 - December 24, 2010
This lino cut started life as a print that was to pastiché the paper bags that British chip shops wrap fish n’ chips in. The print originally appeared in red and yellow in limited edition, printed on to food quality paper bags - it served as the packaging for the artist’s book within and also the title of the work.
I have been wanted to focus on my printmaking and this exhibition at the PCNJ seemed really positive. This print is about the British tradition of battering and frying fish, but with no consideration of how fish stocks have fallen and now even seemingly common species are being added to the Red List. The final print, 2 colour lino cut (orange and black) hand printed with a Japanese baren on Japanese archival paper. Limited edition of 12 prints numbered, signed, embossed with artist's logo and dated 2 November 2010.