Interdependence AP 1/4
This series is about our deep connection to nature. In this edition, I continued with the experimentation of aquatint etching which had begun with the series titled Freedom. I used an 8 x 8 inch square area to play with the layering of collage and ink. Shapes are cut from monotypes and are overlaid upon each other, to form a language of multiplicity and interconnectedness. I created these works during busy months in which I was dealing with crisis after crisis at my non profit. Yet each week, I would enter the refuge of my studio to take small steps towards completion.
This series of experimental editions were part of a larger body of prototypes that were intended as learning opportunities to evolve my mark making. Similar editions created with the goal of testing and learning were Freedom and Plurality.
At the most fundamental level, I am a mark maker. Making art is a way to record my own story for future generations. I make a marks on surfaces - marks that are informed by own mastery of tools and by my own choices. Every decision in my art practice is informed my lived experiences, by my references of the world around me, and my freedom to have a visual language that is uniquely mine. In this series, I gave myself space to play with color, texture, shape, and line, and to better understand organic forms of nature. It would take me nearly 9 months to make a breakthrough in this form, which happened the following year at the birth of Intersectionality II.