I printed Rondo using a clear ink, which I then dusted with a metallic silver powder.
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I then added a field of metallic gold dots on top of the rubbing, which you can see in the detail image to the left.
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I named Rondo after a musical form in which the main theme is repeated.
I see music in each layer of the print:
–in the woodblock print, which came from a drawing I made at a concert
–in the loops of the calligraphic rubbing
–and in the syncopation of the gold dots on top.
That music is reflected in the dance Rondo performs when I suspend it in a space.
Its lightweight paper rustles, crackles, and sways back and forth with the air currents of the space and movements of passersby.
Thus both the prints and viewers engage in a quiet call and response dance.
My hope is that taking a moment to play with art will spark a greater awareness in the participant’s surroundings—the sounds, the air currents, the smells, the colors, the light—which she or he will then carry beyond the exhibition space.