Materials for Alternative Processes
I am so excited to talk to you about mixed media and how you can create original images out of your prints. We've talked a little bit about limited edition and open edition prints, and I want to go into a little bit more detail about that here. So this print that you see here, it could be one of many. There is no telling because it's not numbered and it is completely digital. So digital prints can be printed as many times as you want you, as the artists are the one who gets to specify if there are five of a print of a print, 500 of a print or unlimited. So whatever you decide as the artist is what goes. And it's sort of this moral agreement that you make with the person buying it that you will not print more than that many of that picture at that size. However, if you want to do away with additions, then you can focus on original prints, which is to say, I'm going to print this once and never again. Technically, you could do that with a completely digital image, and that would make it...
one of a kind. And the way that some people do this when you have multiple prints that are auditioned in different ways is to addition. Let's say you're small size out of 20 and your medium size out of 10. But then saying the biggest one that I'm ever going to print on Lee going to print one of, and that makes it an original at that size, you could also Onley print it once at any size, making it truly an original. Or you could alter the print in some way so that it truly could not be replicated. What you have done is added something onto the print so that nothing can ever replicate it unless you take a picture of it. But it won't have the right texture. So I want to show you a few different things that I have done. Thio add to my prints and make them originals, but at the same time create more interactivity in my Siri's. So this is Samsara that I already showed you, and I want to show you a few different ways that we can judge up these prints and do something a little bit different to them. I talked a little bit before about the hair, and it was pretty gross and probably there was a lot of groaning, but I wanted to show you the image that I made from the hair. So I asked a bunch of people online if they would send me their hair, just like from their brushes and stuff. And it sounds worse than it is. Or maybe it sounds as bad as it is. I'm not sure, but this is what came of it. I created this image and I photographed all the hair balled up together, and this is what I made. Now one way that I could enhance this image potentially is to use the hair. I'm only gonna pull my hair out, so it's okay. But I might take the hair and actually apply it to the print, which I could do, using a role on glue of some kind, anything that would kind of fix it. And then it has this physicality to it. The way to maintain that when you exhibit images is to go ahead and frame it in a shadow box or a really thick frame where you have a lot of distance between the glass and the print. That way you maintain the depth of it, which is how you can really tell that it's an original print putting the hair away. Don't worry. Okay, Bye bye, hair. And another way that I've been thinking about interactivity is by including mawr than just photography or even mixed media and prince into my Siri's. So I'll be, uh, doing some writing. And I have these sheets of paper here that will be exhibited alongside the artwork. I got this really nice textured, antiqued paper that I will be typewriting on and I haven't done this yet, but I had some people from the Internet send me eulogies that they had written about people that had died in their lives, and I took the eulogies and created redacted poetry from it. So I crossed out all of the words that I didn't want shown, and Onley left select words throughout the eulogies to create a poem out of the eulogy that will be printed on here in a typewriter and exhibited alongside the Samsara pieces so that you have thes redacted eulogy poetry pieces to go along with it. And this is another physical way that you can add interactivity to the scene. Now, if you want to take it a step further, as I really hope to do during this exhibition, I'm not going to have a station where people can type their own sort of eulogies and write a eulogy about themselves while they're at the exhibition, which I hope is going to be a fun. Maybe fun is the wrong word, an interesting way of interacting with the theme of death and grief, as this is the Siri's that I'm making. So there are a couple more ways that we can do fun things to Prince. And what I hope this encourages you to do is to start thinking outside the box to start thinking inter actively and physically about the work that you're creating, because in my opinion, work doesn't stop when it's published. It really eyes enhanced by having something physical, like a print to show for it. So these air, all of the prints that I have here that I have made and I'm going to be painting on this one, so I'm going to set that aside and just show you, ah, couple of the images that I have here. So we have this one, um which has a lot of little death masks on it. Um and, ah, lot of different options for painting or applying different materials to the prince. So that's something that I am really looking forward to doing. And I'm going to do one of them right now, Like I said, we would be going with this one. And this makes the most sense to me because it is already very painterly. So I'm creating with the end product in mind. I'm not creating from the standpoint of I wonder what I should do. I hope it turns out okay. I have the concept in mind from the very beginning and even all the way through printing and whatever I'm going to do to this particular image. I made it extremely painterly. And I even added digital brushstrokes onto this image so that I could then follow those guidelines of adding my own brush strokes when I added paint to it.