For over 20 years the Australian Society of Miniature Art has held its National Awards Exhibition around this time every year. Last year it was cancelled because of COVID-19, and this year to everyone’s relief went ahead – but is now closed a week early because of a new lockdown in Sydney. However, the opening night was held which is the highlight of the exhibition, albeit with limited numbers of visitors.
Each artist can put in four works, so I try to spread my works across several categories, this time Printmaking, Drawing, Abstract and 3D and Handmade Books. Here I will show the development of my 3D piece.
It is made from monotype prints that I did over the last couple of years. I build up a collection of prints, mostly printed on both sides, then over time make them up into three dimensional forms. (See my previous post here for more detail.) I had been using small tags as masks in the monotypes, flipping them over and reprinting them, so they gained imagery on both sides, some of them are tiny, 20 x 25 mm, and others were a bit larger, 42 x 35 mm. I then drew into them with coloured pencils, enhancing the marks that were there. I really liked the tags and had several times tried to make them up into a book form, but nothing quite worked, the detail of them was lost once they were put together as you see below.
So, they waited. Eventually I decided the best way to see them would be in a pocket, and make that pocket into a concertina. As this was for a miniature exhibition everything needed to be small and as delicate as possible. Once I had made the pocket, I realised it needed some height, as I wanted to make use of the dangling strings which had taken on colours during the printing process, so used bamboo skewers to make legs.
At first I decided to just use the smallest tags, but once they were in place they looked a bit lonely.
So, I decided to go all out and really fill every pocket to its greatest capacity using the larger tags as well. The final thing I did – which isn’t visible unfortunately – was to add handwritten names to the larger tags. The idea of calling this Forget Me Not was a reference to the tags being used as reminders. The names I added were of close family members who have died. The names would not really mean anything to anyone else, but I liked the idea of a little memory of each of them being tucked away inside the pocket.
The final size is 90 mm high (including the legs) and each fold is 80 mm wide.