Rondo

Rondo by Heather Page, relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper, 74 inches x 38 inches

Title: Rondo
Media: Relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper
Size: 74” h x 38” w
Edition: 1/1
 
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Rondo by Heather Page, back view, relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper, 74 inches x 38 inches

Title: Back view of Rondo
Media: Relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper
Size: 74” h x 38” w
Edition: 1/1

detail views

Rondo by Heather Page, detail image, relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper, 74 inches x 38 inches

Title: Detail of the front of Rondo
Media: Relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper

Rondo by Heather Page, detail image 2, relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper, 74 inches x 38 inches

Title: Detail of the back of Rondo
Media: Relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper

installation views

Reverb 3 installation by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 3, front view
Media: Etching, relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry and Gampi Shi papers

Reverb 3 installation by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 3, front view
Media: Etching, relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry and Gampi Shi papers

Reverb 2 art installation by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 2, side view
Media: Relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry and Gampi Shi papers

Reverb 2 art installation by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 2, front view
Media: Relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry and Gampi Shi papers

process

Rondo is a unique relief print in one color from one hand-carved birch plywood block, rubbing from nine laser-engraved pine plywood blocks, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper.

 

Rondo by Heather Page, relief print, rubbing, and drawing on Gampi Shi paper, 74 inches x 38 inches
We make relief prints by rolling ink over the surface of an object, placing a piece of paper on top, and transferring the ink to the paper with pressure.
 
I printed Rondo using a clear ink, which I then dusted with a metallic silver powder.
 
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I made a rubbing on the front of the print by placing a set of laser-engraved relief blocks under the paper and rubbing over their surfaces with white crayons.
 
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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edition

This is a one-of-a-kind print, also known as a monoprint.

 
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story

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.