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Assemblage VII


Silent Messengers: Assemblage VII
Collagraph on paper and archival inkjet on mylar layer
Layers attached together at top edge
A unique assembled print
35.5 x 28.5 cm.

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2007 | 14 comments
themes: Printworks, Silent Messengers


I love this...the way darkness seems to 'radiate' out of light.

Mysterious and wonderful shadow-shapes!

M-L, the link under "This Earth" (below) seems to go to an earlier post rather than to the comments.

Mmgh. Exquisite. Wow. Thank you! Whatever you're doing here is really working on me!

TG - thanks!

MB - glad you like it! Thanks for pointing out that wonky link. It works ok if you went directly to the post on the main page, but if you click on 'this earth' on the sidebar it goes to the older entry by the same name. Weird and confusing. I'll see if I can fix it.

Bill - That makes me happy, thanks.

M-L, even from the post on the main page the link leads me to the old post, as well as the link in the sidebar. I think it may be that the two posts were identically titled, not sure? Hoping that helps you figure it out. ;-)

Powerfull ML! The moment I looked at this it instantly took me back to the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. I was roughly 40 miles from the volcano when it exploded & saw the aftermath the following day. You can sure stir up some various expressions from your artwork - amazing!

MB, yes, thanks. It's really weird and I agree that the problem is that the two posts have the same title, I've had this happen before. I'm waiting for my tech assistant to look at it - I might mess it up even more if I go change anything :-(

Roger, what a cool response! Amazing that you were so close. I remember we were visiting friends in Powell River at the time. Anyway, I'm glad that the piece is so evocative.

These assemblages must be a whole different thing in person. Do they have a measurable physical depth, or thickness to them, or is the mylar layer "flush"? Does the eye pick the layers apart in a way it cannot looking at a photograph of the work?

Very rich, twilighty. Is it as purplish as it looks, or more or less?

Bill, yes, these do look a bit different in person. The two layers are close together, attached at the top edge. When hanging they may separate a little or lot because the mylar has a bit of a life of its own. It could curl or catch a breeze. I think seeing it close, you will notice that there are two layers. I had debated on putting these together with plexiglas in between to really emphasize the layering but I preferred these more organic. Maybe on another project...

Lucy, the black shadows overn the top area do seem to have a very slight purplish hue on my monitor now that you mention it. Not on the piece itself...hmm. It might have to do with the reflections off the shiny mylar in certain light conditions - you know how black can have colour, especially inkjet inks. Maybe it looks more purplish on your monitor - these vary a lot.

Marja-leena: Oooh-- this is so dark and scary! Like a spirit actually looks like a skull at an angle. Great to see you still blogging away - I almost fell off the edge of the blogosphere - but not quite!

Hi Jackie - good to know you are still with us :-)
It never ceases to amaze me the different reactions and images my work evokes, especially scary when I don't try to make it so.

It gives me peacocks and quills and sharp-billed nightmare birds. If we play this interpretive game, you might be able to use some of your prints for Rorschach analysis on us all.

Anna, indeed, my secret's out now, heh!