Shifting Sands

A series of 6 prints exploring movement and light in opals.

Shifting Sand 2 in bright green, red and pale pink, on Moulin de Larroque Lys paper. One of a series of 6 mono screen prints inspired by the movement found in opals.

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.

Screen printing using highly textured handmade paper I worked with an open screen and small squeegees - exploring different methods of mark making to create a sense of movement.
Shifting Sand 3 in bright yellow, violet and pale green, on Moulin de Larroque Lys paper. One of a series of 6 mono screen prints inspired by the movement found in opals.
Shifting Sand 4 in bright blue, yellow, pink and pale green, on Moulin de Larroque Lys paper. One of a series of 6 mono screen prints inspired by the movement found in opals.

Arnold Schoenberg set four poems by Richard Dehmel to music - these are known as ‘Four Songs’, Opus 2, and are sung in German.  Opals are a key element of the first song, Ewartung (Anticipation).

Invited to draw during a performance at Finchcocks, 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 6 in bright green, pink and silver, on Moulin de Larroque Lys paper. One of a series of 6 mono screen prints inspired by the movement found in opals.
Shifting Sand 5 in bright green, pink and bronze, on Moulin de Larroque Lys paper. One of a series of 6 mono screen prints inspired by the movement found in opals.
There are six mono-screen prints in the series.
Each measures 26 x 66 cm and is printed on Moulin de Larroque 250gsm Lys. Framed size: 38 x 80cm.