‘Bonsai’ is of course a Japanese term, means essentially a ‘Tree in a dish’. The growth of the art of Bonsai in Japan is from this simple concept. The focus is on the tree itself and not on any ornamentation. The purity of form and expression of age is key in it’s aesthetics. This etching is from a sketch made in Japan of a tree shown in the park with no identifiable marks of it own. From the sketch i tried to exaggerate the from and expression of the Japanese pine.
To make an etching print you cover the plate with ink then remove the surface ink leaving the ink in the etched area; i.e. intaglio process. This allows the artist to create detail lines, various textures and a look of age to the resulting print. This print is one of currently ten different trees each with it’s own story to tell. The hope is that the viewer of these prints get the feeling of tree and/or the excitement of Bonsai; a living art.