I don't remember a lot about this particular assignment other than a few details about my process, and something about making a series of monoprint self portraits which which would explore and embrace the conceptually metamorphic nature of monoprints worked in series.
|I started out with an image of my face that came from sticking my head in a photocopier and rolling my face across the glass as it made the copy. I rolled a semi-translucent layer of black ink onto the plexiglass that I would use as my printing plate. I placed my photocopied reference image under the inked glass and used a variety of rags, paintbrushes, cotton balls, and q-tips to rough out my image on the inked plate. At this point I ran the plate through the press to lighten everything and even out some of the midtones, and this print was the result. This first print was not intended to be one of the ones included in my packet of prints for the assignment, but I'm including it here because it was important in the early development of the project.|
|Now, without cleaning off all of the ink that remained on the plate from its first printing, I selectively wiped out some of the highlights and added blacker ink into the darker areas. I added the hand prints to give the impression that the face was smooshed flat, as sort of a reflection on the "hands-on" nature of the process of creating a monoprint.|
|...and now I've continued to work with ink remaining on the plate from after the first two printings. My idea with this print was to explore the stereoscopic nature of the previous images by sort of diagramming out where various parts of the face would become distorted during the process of transforming a three dimensional object into a flattened two dimensional image.|
|This last print was printed as a ghost print from the last plate. A ghost print is when an additional print is pulled from a plate without re-inking the plate - Because it only used the residue of ink that was left over from the previous pass through the press, ghost prints come out lighter and lighter with each pass through the press. I soaked the ghost print in water to make the paper more able to take up the ink, and also to make the paper more pliable for the next step. After the ink of the ghost print had dried I printed over it again with this steel repousse' face. I coated the steel face with ink and wrapped the ghost print around it, pressing it by hand into the inked face as much as I could. Once the repoussed face was printed the paper was very wrinkled and folded from pressing it around the steel face. After the ink was dry I was able to flatten the paper out again by soaking it in a tray of water until thoroughly saturated, then placed it between two boards to press flat while drying.|