Deep (or sporty) decalcomania…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s expletive is ‘by the cabbage!…’ – a flippant oath, apparently used regularly in ancient Greece by that wag Socrates.

WP DSCN2468Black acrylic paint with added pencil on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″ (2010).

Aha! Here’s another of my decalcomania monoprints, or if you prefer ‘monotypes’. Me, I quite like the word monotype – a monotype sounds a lot cleverer than a monoprint. A monoprint could be the sort of thing that young kids do at school with messy bright orange poster paint and incised half potatoes…
If you’d like to know more about decalcomania and how I do my version of it, and also how you could do some yourself, you could have a look at an earlier post of mine on the subject. (Decalcomania)
And no, before you ask, I don’t know what this one is about… It probably isn’t ‘about’ anything… Yes, yes, I know, it seems to be a human hand… and is that a ball, or is it a planet? Is this (fade in music from 2001 A Space Odyssey) an ancient monolithic sculpture marking the time when primitive man (or woman) first tentatively reached out in an attempt to understand the mysteries of the cosmos… or is it just a cricketer missing an easy, but vital, catch in the slips?…
Usually in my decalcomania prints I don’t try to make the image represent anything, it’s better to let serendipity and chance decide what the image is going to be – ‘natural, but nudged, abstraction’ might describe the process – but yes, this time I thought that I would have a go at trying to make the paint form the rough shape of a human hand.
It is not one of my favourite prints, but if you are the kind of person who likes a bit of ‘meaning’ in their art, you might warm to it.
So… it can be ‘the place of humanity in the universe’ or just ‘a bungled catch’, actually, if you are a bit on the religious side, you might find some pleasing symbolism here, there is a bit of ‘reaching out’ going on – it does look like the sort of thing you might see printed on one of those flimsy pastel coloured leaflets that the door-to-door God people hand you before they finally slouch off into the night…
So really, what you make of this print dear reader, is entirely up to you…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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