“Silent Falls, Carrington”
Stone Lithograph and Chine Collé on Kitakata Handmade Japanese Paper
2020. 52 x 43 cm
“Silent Falls, Carrington” derives from local waterfalls in and around Budderoo National Park NSW, an area I’ve been revisiting to walk and draw. The falls are mesmerising and ever changing by the second while constant in their continuous flow. It’s the place I spent the last day of bushwalking together with my elderly parents in 2017. They instilled in me a love of land, quiet reflection and admiration for the details of nature. As with many of my landscapes, I feel there are opposing forces at play, balancing the complex and the simple, the sensitive and the bold, intimacy and grandeur, the inside world of personal sentiments and the outside world of nature’s rawness.
For me, with stone lithography there is a flow between the process, materials and image making. It’s very tactile, sensory and requires awareness. The materials have a history, the stone has had a life before you existed, there’s a sensitivity with marks and meditation in the pace of working. Lithography offers me a very direct way of making painterly marks within printmaking and carries with it a rich gamut of tones and textures such as reticulated washes which mirror forms also present in nature.