This is the first of the Bonsai series. I started sketching bonsai as a way of understanding the Artist’s intent. I believe what I found was that it had less to do with the artist and more to the do with the expression the tree has to offer. In a large degree Bonsai is a collaborative of the tree (the materiality) and the Artist (the caregiver) and from this collaborative comes the intrinsic beauty and aesthetic of the art in general.
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.