Nets are useful objects, freighted with symbolic meaning.
When I first found a piece of fish netting last year it suggested entrapment—the essence of the human condition, it seemed to me.
That net, and many others, became printing tools.
The ink (or paint)-drenched imprint of netting suggests a powerful reality. Using the structure it provides I may react against it, erase it, paint over it, create negative or positive spaces, layers--or I may treat it as an entity in its own right.
As I explored techniques and their effects, the appearance and the meaning of the net kept changing.
The net as instrument of entrapment, which I had initially been
railing against, then relegated to a number of different roles, gradually moved to center stage and acquired a life of its own: It simply was. There were even moments when I felt that I “was” the net, or that the net had
“become” the “fish”. Or that the net was simply a pervasive presence, connecting everything.
Throughout all these transformations, the netting still represents the human condition, I believe. What has changed is the artist’s perspective.