Decalcomania and fingers…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s unusual china teapot is the one shaped like a shiver of fear in the dead of the night. As a pourer it is, unfortunately, a bit splashy.
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Untitled monoprint. (2010)
Acrylic paint and pencil ‘shading’ on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″.

Good god! Just look at the thing writhing about and gesturing!…
Yes, this is another of my decalcomania monoprints, or as some people like to call them, ‘monotypes’. If you’d like to know how messy things like this are done, and how you could try this technique for yourself, you could have a look at an earlier post of mine where you may find sensible instruction and encouragement. (click here)

Well, you can see this one was almost certainly done with the fingers, my fingers of course. I was really trying very hard to be carefree and spontaneous, and perhaps also to be deliberately sloppy and quick. Oh, if there are any forensic investigators out there reading this, they might, just out of habit, be tempted to look for my fingerprints in this image somewhere – and perhaps run me through the fingerprint database, just in case… Just in case, there is a ‘cold case’ somewhere in the files waiting to be linked to a perp, and wrapped up. Perhaps I have here inadvertently sown the seeds of my own downfall – I nervously await your enthusiastic pounding on my front door early one morning soon…
Hey, that would make a good plot for a story wouldn’t it? An artist murderer caught by his/her own art? Perhaps someday they will discover a little oval fingerprint on a Walter Sickert painting and finally tie him in to a fingerprint (in blood) belonging to Jack the Ripper, that has been stored all these years in the dusty basement of Scotland Yard?… (click here)

Sorry dear reader, I seem to have rambled off subject a bit; I suppose you were expecting me to be saying something about the above print. Well, I’ll tell you what – let’s just look at it instead, there’s not that much to say anyway. Is it pleasant to look at, or is it just a bit of a mess? Is it comic or is it sinister? It does certainly jump about a bit though!…

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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3 Responses to Decalcomania and fingers…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, I think it’s neither comic nor sinister. It’s quite… organic?
    God, I hope you don’t get linked to a perp though, Dave. That would be most unpleasant.
    Have they not examined Walter Sickert’s art for prints? If they had, have they got any prints on victims to link with? Oh, you’ve set me wondering now!
    Foren Sic.

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    “Good God”…Fantastic!

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