Marja-Leena Rathje
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Silent Messengers: Hoodoos I


Silent Messengers: Hoodoos I
Inkjet & collagraph on paper, inkjet on clear mylar layer
91.5 x 58.3 cm.

The two layers are attached together with three small grommets at top, allowing layers to hang loosely and without frames. Note some reflection off the clear shiny mylar.

This is the first in my new "Silent Messengers" series of prints, the culmination of two years of experiments and research into combining traditional and digital printmaking techniques on paper and mylar. My explorations into materials suitable for layering will continue in order to exploit the effect of layering transparent materials to embody a concept of time. This inquiry is informed by and engaged with the contrasts and tension between connections in the ancient marks made by early humans, (particularly in the areas of my ethnic roots in northern Europe), in Nature's own mark-making and shape-making (such as the Hoodoos), and in modern human's use of new technologies in image making.

Marja-Leena | 01/06/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Printworks, Silent Messengers


I love hoo-doos, and I love this image of what they suggest. Thanks for sharing it!

This is exciting, Marja-Leena, after you've shared your struggles and hopes while experimenting while transparency. Obviously, something is lost when we have to view it in 2 dimensions, but this looks like you're onto something that will work well and meet your goals!

Yes Tom, I know you love hoodoos after our recent chats! Beth, thanks, I'm very excited by this new series. The photos do not do them justice at all, partly because of the reflections off the mylar. The other two will be posted soon. I'm working on new ones to follow.

Oh, I really like this! I'd love to see it larger. Fascinating.