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Indelible

Everyone knows that the printer’s mark
is indelible; that the paper retains the
memory of the plate or stone through
the medium of ink. But, we also speak
of people, stories, events, and images
making an indelible impression on our
mind. In The Republic, Plato speaks of,
‘…the tales that the young first hear…’
as being both indelible and unalterable1;
while Dickens writes about Niagara Falls
as,’…an image of beauty…’ which had
been stamped upon his heart and which
would, ‘…remain there, changeless and
indelible…2”
Printmakers are aware that the marks
that they make on the plate or stone,
the way that they wipe the ink, and the
paper that they choose will all impact
upon the final piece, particularly when
they are working on a series or an
edition. They are constantly looking for
better ways to transfer the image in
their mind onto the paper. Sometimes
that image is a memory of a time or
a place; of a person or an event. And,
like all artists, the creative process
that produces the final manifestation is
fraught with difficulties, both technical
and procedural, that must be overcome.
While the painter is able to wipe out or
erase an unwanted artefact, the mark
on the plate, once made, remains; it is
indelible and must either be incorporated
into the image or the plate is cast aside
and the artist must start again.
The images in this exhibition are the end
result of this process for (31) members
of the artist’s cooperative Hunter Island
Press; some are world renowned and held
in major collections while others are just
emerging as artists. The one thing that
they have in common is a desire to tell a
story that translates the images in their
mind into indelible works on paper.
Through the use of print, by means of
metal plates, stones, screens, lino, and
ink they have come together to tell
you their stories. Some tales are from
memories of places visited, of children
and families, of events that have shaped
their lives, others, of imagined creatures
and improbable scenes; still others are
interpretation of spiritual journeys or
of historical events and their impact on
society or environment. Whatever the
source of inspiration, each artist has
trodden the same track as Rembrandt,
Chagall, Rauschenberg, or Hockney, and
each has struggled to give birth to an
idea imprinted on their mind through
these events. Using notes, sketches,
drawings, collages, and maquettes they
have worked hard to communicate their
vision through their chosen print medium
in a visually stimulating form.
We hope that this exhibition will provide
you with a greater understanding of
possibilities inherent in the art of the
printmaker.
John Ingleton
August 2007
1 XVIII – Socrates – Adeimantus
2 American Notes for General Circulation,
Chapter XIV: Return To Cincinnati

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