met with ambie abano after seeing a video of her printmaking. she works wth large wood blocks and carves bodies into the blocks. the blocks are printed on paper using a spoon, and some are printed on cloth. her work is displayed in the philippines, where she is from, and she says in the video her work is about confronting death.
i showed her the image transfers i made on saturday night, this time working with a cutout of the shoecrab. the images are small versions of what will later be large prints. the shape of the crab on its side is printed on fine japanese paper, i believe leftover kozoshi from the image transfer class with golnar adili.
ambie didn’t ask what the shapes were, but she suggested pronto plate lithography after i explained the image transfer process. she explained the sponging method to me, which i recognized from college, and suggested litho paper. I’m not sure what litho paper is…
‘do you like pattern,” she asked me after seeing my experiments. yes, i said. with these i do. i have been cutting out pieces of photographs and isolating them on pieces of printmaking paper. sometimes i make patterns from the rocks or crabs, but i am also interested in making symmetrical forms from pieces of objects. how do i describe the sensation of pulling a print i like?
“they are nice, ” she said a few times , and compared my work to justin’s etchings we had just seen. with justin, he’s giving you a lot of information, he’s saying a lot. i nodded. these are very simple and direct, she said. i nodded and was pleased to hear the familiar words. they are aims of my work, and i seem to accomplish the simplicity when i am not over-thinking or processing things to look at. simultaneously, my work includes intricate etchings, multi-plate prints, and glued papers. sometimes we need something simple and direct, she said.
i agree and ask her a few final questions about composition.
ambie was partial to the pieces which extended out of the paper document. i asked why, she explained that they leave room for the imagination. what does a boarder or containment do to your perception of the content, i asked. it gives it a narrative, a complete narrative, with an end. she responded.
listening i decided i like the end.