Accompanying wall text from dissertation:
The Backside Series:
Exploring chance in spilling and drying techniques
Honoring chance in the creative process, this series was made under an exercise of intuition. The aim was to create splendid, dried marks through perceptive spilling. In presenting the results of this exercise, the works are offered as examples of a process to the benefit of directly showing viewers what an art-based journey can look like.
‘Hickman adds that culture in art and design education may be taken to mean traditional art and design, “such as drawing from observation and making pots” (“The role of art and design in citizenship education,” 2003). He asserts that while traditional art activities are useful, educators need to locate activities “within in the broader context of education and educating young people as citizens who can make a meaningful contribution to society” (ibid)... Hickman advises educators to recognize the difference of teaching students in art and teaching through art: “the focus being learning about and making art and design as a way of becoming an educated citizen rather than becoming an artist or designer”... (p.13 of the dissertation).
The educational material on mono printing demonstrates exploration of the backsides of prints—by drawing on the backs of the paper, placed in rolled pigment, to create the drawn image on the front. The backside becomes its own work in the double-faceted process, studying the value in considering all dimensions of an artwork.