At our house, the long daylight hours of June were etched into copper and then pressed deep into rich, heavy paper. Seagull cries from the rooftop world just outside the window were frozen, fossil-like, in the metal plate, and the strange landscape of my Aberdeen was written out in a sort of medieval iconography, full of tottering allegories and loving details.
|Marginalia, etching, 15 x 20cm|
A foreigner's city portrait, for a place that is more used to landscapes.
It all started around the beginning of June, when a little card arrived one morning in the post announcing that there would be a printmaking festival in Aberdeen in July and calling for work to be submitted.
So I started sketching and drawing and redrawing...
...and finally this print (and two others, older ones) will be among the prints on display in the Claremont Studio until the end of July.
I also have three prints in the 10th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria (which started in June and goes until the end of August). Its an enormous show of miniprints with people from over 50 countries participating. They've made a separate page for each artist in the show, mine is here. I've really been enjoying looking through the works, and I can't wait to receive a copy of the catalogue.
Looking at the work of the artists who participated in the Lessedra show last year made me want to be in the show myself this year. And I am a little in love with Bulgaria, and really enjoyed visiting Sofia a few years ago, so having my work on display over there is especially sweet.
But Aberdeen is proving to be a splendid city to be in this summer as well, with two printmaking festivals on during the month of July! I'm hoping that tomorrow I will be able to get around to see what is going on in the different galleries. From what I saw when I was handing in my prints, the other works should be lovely.