2013 Leftovers Print Exchange

Flushed 2013I recently finished prints for the 2013 Leftovers Print Exchange. Since I had a couple of ideas and couldn’t decide between the  two, I decided to print two editions. Both are photopolymer intaglios. “Flush” relates to a Springer series I’m currently working on.Hard Place 2013

My inspiration for “Hard Place” came from the aftermath of super storm Sandy which hit the eastern seaboard in late 2012. All manner of flotsam & jetsam was found washed up on the beaches and the headless Barbie doll kind of summed up how people were feeling as they dealt with the widespread devastation.

One Size Fits All

I enjoy participating in print exchanges and one of my favorites is the  “Littlest Print” exchange. I have participated in this exchange since it first started in 2009 and always look forward to the challenge of printing such a large edition in such a small format; 3 inches by 3 inches. The level of work submitted by the participants is strong and the portfolio is put together in a professional manner. The theme for the 2012 exchange is “Proclamation & Propaganda”.

I decided to continue with my “Venus Envy” series and work on a piece that deals with the concept of size and that ubiquitous label “one size fits all”.  As millions of women know, that misleading phrase is just hype and can certainly be labeled propaganda promoted by clothing manufacturers trying to appeal to the masses.

The print’s background deals with the categorization of various body types and was meant to highlight society’s need to label women; apple, pear, rectangular, triangular, etc. The small figures were intended to read as hieroglyphics; stylized and symbolic of the need to typecast. An “average” figure stands before these as a counterpoint to these simplified standards. An old dilapidated dress form was included to reference the fashion industry.

There’s a lot going on in this small format but I’m happy with the print and feel that that I successfully used the portfolio’s theme to make a point.