Fiona Grady, Arcs I, 2014, Monoprint, © Fiona Grady, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York
Could you explain this work?
‘Arc I’ is part of series of ‘Arc’ prints which are the most literal translation of a monoprint. They are a sequence of arcs that are explored in different sizes and combinations across the body of work. Each piece is unique, if I repeated the exact same image, the result would be different due to the printing method. I am investigating how to capture the simplest gestures of drawing with monoprinting as a method to highlight the process of mark making.
What does this piece deal with?
I’m interested both the qualities of line created by the increase in size but also it’s relationship to the drawing tool. The traces of the artist’s hand can be seen, on the surface of the paper and tell-tale details, such as the pin prick of the compasses point. Many of my prints are made in sets that explore of growing intervals of circles with warming or cooling tones of colour.
What medium and techniques did you use?
They are created by placing paper on an inked up surface, and drawing onto the back of the paper. The paper is prepared with a grid of marked out points that guide me where to locate the compass. At each point, I change the diameter of the circle in accordance to my system. Each print has a different order in place - that allows the circles to increase in size. As they grow the curves stretch out, flatten and begin to interlock.
What were the struggles of making it?
The challenge with these prints is to create to delicate marks that leave soft traces on the surface of the paper. I spent a reasonable amount of time testing different paper types to find the desired texture.
What is the purpose behind this work?
In my studio practice I often create large scale wall drawings and installations; my works on paper allow me to explore the artistic process further. My prints are a means to test out ideas, finding new drawing techniques, spatial possibilities; but also are artworks in their own rights. I often work with techniques that have rules or restrictions to indicate the relationship between the artists’ touch and the mechanical printing method.