A sketchbook response to walking in the Japanese Alps, initially plein-air color sketches re-worked in the home studio, overlaid with silk screen and lithographic explorations at printmaking studios in Yokohama. The sketches are, in a sense, individual monoprints. The book was first deconstructed, the initial sketches acting as a substrate responded to via both of the indicated printmaking processes and the book then re-assembled. New unexpected compositions evolve as each half page is juxtaposed against half a page of a separate composition - a process of surprise, akin to walking in the alps where each twist of the path creates a new visual experience, each unified by a sense of place and time. I am an artist educator based in Tokyo. Walking in the Japanese countryside, recording through direct observation then visually responding to the physical experiences of the journey, creating layers of meaning and experience forms the basis of my current work process. I enjoy the subverting of traditional printmaking processes, actively combining in a single image; hand rendered, silkscreen & lithography to an experimental end.
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