Shifting Sand

Shifting Sand

A series of 6 prints, titled ‘Shifting Sand’ created whilst experimenting with imagery found in the first of Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘Four Songs’, Opus 2.

Entitled ‘Ewartung’ (Anticipation) this is one of four poems by Richard Dehmel, which Schoenberg set to music and put together within Opus 2. The song is sung in German.

 

Shifting Sand l

Shifting Sand l

 

I had been invited to draw during the performance at Finchcocks. Afterwards I spoke with singer Michèle Restieux about how it feels to sing the song. We also discussed the meaning of the poem in its original German as well as its translation into English.

 

Shifting Sand ll

Shifting Sand ll

 

Opals are a key element and I wanted to explore the movement and light found in opals.

Screenprinting using highly textured handmade paper I worked with an open screen and small squeegees to enable me to explore different methods of mark making to create a sense of movement.

 

Shifting Sand lll

Shifting Sand lll

 

The series is called ‘Shifting Sand’ as opals are a simple combination of silica and water, the colour seen in opals being created by the interference of the passage of light through the stone by the presence of small spheres of silica gel.

 

Shifting Sand lV

Shifting Sand lV

 

Here you can see the entire series of six mono-screenprints.

Each measures 26 x 66 cm and is printed on Moulin de Larroque 250gsm Lys. Framed size: 38 x 80cm

 

Shifting Sand V

Shifting Sand V

 

Shifting Sand Vl

Shifting Sand Vl

The full text of the poem can be found at The LeiderNet Archive.

 

See more series of prints:

Britten War Requiem Prints

Celebrating Evensong

Celebrating Evensong

 

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