Monoprints (Monotypes) of Verna Brady
My work in the monoprint has evolved into an existential statement on Being made manidest in the dichotomy of the Human Mind.
Patterns of flowing movement--evidences of intuitive problings of my Subconscious--seek rhythms in tume with the Life Force of the Universe.
Geometric line and shape--symbols of Thought--bring structure to the flow of these deep inner tides and consequently also express that big difference between Man and all other creatures on Earth--the Conscious Mind.
Only Man can make the considered mark of take the considered action. And only Man tried to structure his Universe.
This process begets an “all-or-nothing-at-all” result . . . and therein lies much of its excitement. The suspense of not knowing until the paper is peeled off the plate whether you “made it” or “blew it” is a game of chance not unlike Life itself and the chance one always takes with ambitious plans and dreams. Some “make it” . . . some don't . . !
"Subject matter" in the form of abstracted elements from nature, geometric and fantasy shapes and textural additions float above amorphous glowing movement as I search for archetypal meanings, symbols and volumes known only to the subconscious and mysteriously communicated as sense of "rightness." These works are neither landscapes nor fantasies. They are searchings...in-sights" as I "interiorize" trying to reach the depths of my Soul... and touch yours.
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Thoughts and artist's statements:
The highest aspiration of Art is to find ways to depict and express the Greatness within each one of us. To the extent that the artist succeeds, his work raises Man's view of himself. Such statements are never pre-planned but rather are the result of a strong inner urge to visualize “something”…and later find out what it is.
In the monoprint, my search for ways to make a visual statement of some significance led, as I realized later, to a symbolic expression of the meaning of being Human and the dichotomy of the Conscious/Subconscious Mind. My patterns of flowing movement, developed intuitively, seemed reflective of my conviction that it is the Subconscious which keeps us in tune with the Life Force of the Universe so evident in Nature's patterns of movement and energy—in clouds, water, rock and land formations. Geometric line and shape, brought into the statement to harness the organic movement into a composition, seemed also to be symbolic of thought and thus expressive of my awareness that the big difference between the Human and all other creatures on earth is the Conscious Mind.
Only Man can make the considered mark or take the considered action. And only Man tries to structure his Universe!
Monoprint Statement for Children
Have you ever made a finger painting? My monotypes and not very different from what you did. You might have put the paint right on the paper and then made a design----or you might have put the paint on a table or on glass, made the design, put the paper over it, rubbed the back and peeled it off.
The second way is the way I work. I roll printer's ink onto a piece of plexiglass, then make my designs in the ink, put a paper on it and run it through an etching press. The pressure of the press puts the ink in the paper better than rubbing the paper by hand. Then I take another plate, add more designs, put the paper back on it, and run it through the press again. My prints often go through the press 5 or 6 times before they are done.
Testimonials of Children from workshops.