Print assemblage


As so often happens with my work, this was started some time ago and then set aside for the ideas for completion to gel. In my earlier post about this (see here, also for a gallery of the individual panels) I felt that the panels needed to be sturdier, and it was suggested that I add wood to the backs, and make them darker. So I bought some sheets of balsa wood and painted them with shellac, to give a warm, transparent and slightly shiny colour. Also, I have re-stacked the panels – originally there were only two in each level, which made a tall, narrow tower, but it was not stable. Here there are three panels to each layer, so the structure is more squat and grounded. I continued to wonder if more need to be added, maybe even threads to link the pieces together, but now I think it is a satisfying form as it is. The panels are simply pushed in place, not glued, so it can still be taken apart and re-stacked. Choosing a title has been difficult, but at this stage it is called ‘Growing Up’, a reference to the plant forms on it, and the fact it is not a flat object, but that could change.

The prints are multiple layers of etchings, drypoint and monotype and the structure in this configuration is about 28 x 28 x 28 cm.

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

20 thoughts

  1. Ah, I do remember this project and I like how it’s developed and refined. The color stories are really pleasing and how some views are complex and others more straight forward. I love the texture created with all the layering. This is really beautiful Anna. I’m happy to see how it has evolved.


    1. Thanks Cathe – it was one of your suggestions on the original set up that has added to the development of this, you suggested darker backs to the panels, and I think you were absolutely right, it added another dimension. I’m so glad you are enjoying it!


  2. I’m sold on this piece. I LOVE IT!!! Once again my skewed vision comes to the fore. One of the reasons I love it is that it looks sooo Japanese to me. Like a four dimensional obi! Or screens – also very Japanese. The colours, shapes, everything – totally satisfying. I could very happily live with this.


    1. Wow, thank you Julie! I love the four dimensional obi idea … maybe I can think along those lines for a better title. From pictures I have seen of your house, I think it is exactly the right sort of place for this – modern, clean lines, light and airy.


  3. It is lovely to see this piece again in another reincarnation! It looks fabulous with the wood behind it and a sturdier construction. I like the fact it can be taken apart and constructed in different ways, it allows yourself and others to interpret the piece differently as the moment dictates and personalise the experience. Karen


    1. Thank you so much Carol! That is a lovely thing to hear – I’m travelling right now, so there may not be more posts for a little while, but I do post regularly on Instagram if you would like to have a look there. My Instagram name is anna_warren_portfolio.


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