The Life of Melaleuca
This print was produced during my art residency in Guanlan Original Printmaking Base at Shenzhen, China during the summer of 2019. It is a part of a series of work produced during six weeks stay. The project explores a self-directed research into lithographic techniques as well as other printmaking methods.
This particular lithograph was inspired by the astonishing natural surroundings of the print village and studio. The Melaleuca trees were along the path from my accomodation towards the studio. Melaleuca bark was traditionally used to make papyrus. My interests in paper making, the beauty of these trees and their historical relationship to paper and the straight link to print made impossible for me not to incorporate this subject in my work. The lithographic techniques used in this print are crackle, drypoint, tusche, toner transfer, crayon drawing and maniere noire.