Deborah Ann Graham
Deborah Ann Graham
PRINTS

LINO BLOCK PRINTS

Deborah works in a range of media but over recent years it has been her simple black and white lino prints that have provoked most reaction from those viewing her work.
In her Lino Block Prints Deborah’s aim is to give form to internal feelings of thought and emotion. The prints Deborah makes are usually sourced directly from her sketch books, where cathartic scribbling’s start to suggest images which she hopes will be recognisable to the viewer. Sometimes in obvious ways as in the print ‘Sometimes I feel like this’, or in more subliminal ways as in the ‘Free Falling’ pieces where thought free-falls and imagery becomes more surreal.

WHAT IS A MONOTYPE

A monotype is as its name suggests a unique image, one of a kind. They are produced by applying ink or paint to a smooth surface and then laying paper over the image and pressing or rubbing to make a transfer.

In my monotypes I use mostly oil paint mixed with a printing medium which I paint onto a glass plate. After painting the plate to my initial satisfaction, I will transfer the image to a good quality paper by rubbing the back with a turps soaked rag. I will then assess the print and repaint into the ghost image left on the plate making any alterations and changes I feel the print may need. I may repaint once more if I feel I can further develop the image. Finally I take what is left of the ghost image, which can often give some nice effects and these will be put aside for reworking with other media or used in collage work.

NUMBERING MY MONOTYPES

Because monotypes are unique images, they are usually either numbered 1/1 (that is, one out of a total edition of one) or left unnumbered. All my monotypes are unique, but as I repaint into the ghost image it produces a set of different but similar images. To prevent numbering three very similar images all 1/1, the first one or two may be marked A/P (Artists Proof) and the next print would be the 1/1. Any reworked ghost would be so different it would be left unnumbered.>

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