Printing Our Fractured Gems Collection
This collection of six prints were inspired by the extravagance of 18th-century jeweled snuffboxes and"micromosiacs". Reproduced and enlarged, the halftone of these rainbow-hued prints begin to mimic the tiny clusters of gems that adorn each original box. Painterly brushstrokes approximate the jeweled arrangements, masking out imagery in some compositions, while becoming the subject matter of others.
This collection had its origins way back in 2012 with some photographs I took in the “Boxes and Micromosaics Room” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. I revisited them this year and started playing with cropping the imagery and overlaying brush marks to either reinforce or obliterate the jeweled arrangements.
These designs had to be “separated” and printed on mylar for exposure onto screens then each color is applied one at a time. What resulted was a series of six prints with varying degrees of departure from the original photographs.