I often find that during the process of making art work, I experience physical pain from repetitive movements. Oil painting at an easel was the only pain free work that I’ve done. And so, a few weeks ago, I took a break from making booklets out of old prints and rose from sitting to standing. I then made a few small collage cards using an old colour woodcut, some linocuts, a photocopy of my favourite fortune cookie fortune and pigment markers. I’ve sent out one of the collages as mail art and will send the others out in future mailings.
Having given my body a break, I’m back to making more booklets and I made a couple of origami models from halves of another print. I’ll show you these soon. As I varied the work, I found new ideas arose that I will soon follow. The creative process for me has always taken its energy from rambling.
About the colour woodcut I used in the collages—it was a favourite of mine, again from the 1970s. It’s another subtraction print, using one piece of wood that I carved away and printed in stages. I thought of the image as an ancient rock painting.