I have a confession to make.
I like dead things.
Taxidermy, for example, fascinates me aesthetically and historically. I love going to natural history museums replete with stuffed animals, and find the recent trend of contemporary artists making unconventional taxidermy an intriguing one.
|Fixed-Crocodile by Lisa Black|
|Isn't it cute?|
|I keep this on top of my T.V. cabinet, because really, what better way is there to signal entertainment time than through taxidermied amphibians?|
|Yes, I admit I sometimes wish I'd been one of these fellows in a previous life.|
These skulls have appeared several times in my work over the years. Here are some examples:
|The Local Gossip, ca. 2006, pen and ink drawing. This admittedly isn't a great photograph of it|
|Skulls and Masks 1, 2008, charcoal drawing|
|Skull and Masks 2, 2008, charcoal drawing|
|Skull and Masks 3, 2008, charcoal drawing|
I first tried this about a year ago, when I did a 4-color linocut of my coyote skull. I wanted to take advantage of the medium's graphic character, so I simplified the form and used different colors to demarcate light and shadow. And because I apparently love to complicate things, I printed it in three different color schemes.
My technique wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad either. I originally intended to do a series with all four of my skulls, but as with many grand ideas, it never materialized.
That is, until now.
For the past three weeks, I've been a linocut factory, cranking out a new series of colorful prints.
Come back next week and I'll introduce you to them!