This project comprises fifteen monotypes made in response to the primeval and awe-inspiring landscapes of Iceland that I explored on a cross-country trip in 2015.
The exhibition was shown at East Windy Hall Gallery in 2018 as part of the Swaledale Festival.
A monotype is a unique print which, unlike with most other printmaking techniques, cannot be reproduced again.
The established methods of intaglio, gravure, woodcut and lithography are used to make multiple identical prints. Sometimes these methods are adapted to produce monoprints where the base image remains on the plate. The inking process is then varied to create a range of slightly different prints, such as in some editions by Rembrandt, for example.
However it was artists like Degas, Gaugin, Klee and Chagall who developed the technique of creating a unique image on a non-absorbent surface which is then transferred to paper using a conventional printing press.
A monotype can be complex to produce, and is inherently more valuable (to the artist, at least!) than one copy from an edition or print run.