Marja-Leena Rathje
Home ::: ARKEO #6



Archival inkjet & engraving on Hahnemuhle PhotoRag paper
60.5 x 81.2 cm. (24" x 32")

And yes, this is a revisit of the 'character' in ARKEO #5.

Marja-Leena | 30/01/2011 | 3 comments
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks


This is an interesting idea. I'm afraid, however, that I don't find it 'there' enough for me. I don't know if it's because I've been thinking of the drain covers as separate items, or whether a narrower range of colours would work better to my eye, ... but for me they don't feel as if they really belong. You have a piece in your slide show: ARKEO #3 where similar elements fit the fundamentals of the design, and could not be removed without the design's disintegration. I find that to be a powerful statement.

Generally I have belonged to the school of behaviour which says that if one does not have anything good to say, one should say nothing. However, I am beginning to believe that that perhaps is hypocritical. We all have our peculiar points of view, and in any case a piece of work need only satisfy the maker to be good.

Marja-Leena, how charming and intriguing, many things in there and at the same time such harmony!

Olga, I appreciate your observations! I can feel ambivalent about some of my own works at times, sometimes liking them, sometimes not, often changing my mind over time. For a long time I hesitated posting this because the photo really does not do the piece justice at all. I know this medium is a challenge at the best of times, but this piece looks quite weak here when it's compressed for the web, though it may be my own inexpertise. Yet, being part of a series, I felt it had to take its place there with the others. More to come as I slowly catch up...

Leena, kiitos paljon!