Below the framed Owl, on the mantle of a redundant fireplace I encountered a pile of postcards of the above image and was immediately not only attracted but stimulated. The postcard is to promote an upcoming exhibition of work by Riusuke Fukahori at the ICN gallery. The exhibition is entitled Goldfish Salvation.
It was a box of fish which cleared the log jam in my thinking. It brought back a kind of clarity, not of actual ideas as such, but a flow, a facility which allowed me to approach image-making in a relaxed way. Over the years fish have wiggled their way into many of my images, and I am grateful to them.
The first work to arise from these little slivers in their box was an exercise in exploring possibilities of viscosity printing with monotype. Thinking about the fish gave me the figures, which gave me my range of compositions.
offset from the roller on newsprint
another detail of an offset from the roller on newsprint
a detail from the print below
the whole roller offset on newsprint from another design
I sometimes find that searching for content ideas can get in the way of fully concentrating on exploring technique, and so it was a glorious gift to stumble across the beautiful box of fish!