Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Melbourne for the Port Jackson Press Graduate Printmaking Award exhibition, which was full of amazing work by new printmaking graduates from around Australia. I was very honoured and thankful to have my lithograph "Gape" (above) named as the winner of this $4000 acquisitive award for 2011.
I really enjoyed seeing the broad variety of ideas, mediums and approaches from all the artists in the exhibition. Along with some amazing work I saw in Melbourne's multitude of galleries, including the fantastic NGV's Naked Face exhibition, it was certainly an inspiring couple of days! It was great to meet some new people as well as catch up with old friends in Melbourne. Since I began learning and practicing lithography at the beginning of 2010 I have found a sense of joy and freedom in drawing on the stone while the knowledge and experience of my teachers John Loane and Surya Bajracharya continues to encourage me to push myself and make progress in the medium.
At the moment I am working on a few interesting new things, which I will begin to post in the very near future :) For now, below are some recent, experimental lithographs that I never ended up posting. I was trying out different types and ways of making marks on the stone - in these I placed cling wrap on wet lithographic tusche (the basic branch lines were masked out first with gum arabic). When the tusche dried and the cling wrap was removed it was fun to see the unexpected organic textures created.