|Colo Colo gallery, New Bedford.|
The monoprints are created through marbling on cloth. Basically, water is thickened with a sizing to alter its surface tension. Various pigments are then floated on the surface; the pigments can be manipulated with various tools to make patterns. The patterns are then transferred to paper or cloth laid on top of the surface.
The images have a lapidary quality, hence the English name for the technique, marbling. Marbled papers have been used for some time in fine hand book-binding; anyone who has used 19th century books may have noticed the marbled endpapers in the old volumes, such as the one below, which also has an antique bookplate.
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|Grain of Sand quilt.|
|Grain of Sand print, detail. Click to enlarge.|
To see the world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
Stanza one, from Auguries of Innocence