La Tempête is a one-of-a-kind woodburned silk screen and relief print with collage and painting on copper-gilded mulberry paper on panel.
La Tempête is built of strata of different media:
- The first layer is the brown background, which is a copper-gilded relief print glued face-down to the panel
- The second layer is a cacophony of silk-screened lichens in a variety of colors and shapes
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- The third layer is a collage of digitally-printed lichens, some of which I gilded on the back before gluing them to the panel.
- The fourth layer is a woodburned drawing that follows the lines of the collage
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- And the fifth layer is a combination of drawing and painting
The Parlour Games Series is about testing the limits of what is acceptable in art we bring into our homes with color, with the degree of chaos in design, and with the subject matter–lichens.
I named La Tempête (tempest in French) after a storm as chaotic as the image.
For me, storms are about sound, the feel of the air, and the color of the light. I hear clashing in La Tempête’s discordant color and a rumble in the scoring and searing of its surface. And I feel electricity in the shimmer of the gilded surfaces.
I associate La Tempête with violent fall storms. While scary and sudden, they also restore balance when the days are too hot for that time of year or the temperature is swinging back and forth.
It is a reminder to respect Nature, her ability to destroy as well as engender life, and to allow her wildness its freedom.