Thoughts on #monoprint / by Doug Burton

There’s something about the process of thinking and making that closely aligns monoprinting with sculpture. Perhaps it’s my approach to materials and a desire to explore their possibilities that has led me down this path. Printing in general leans towards an engagement with; surface, body-action, haptic, movement, materiality and the animated. Harnessing these inherent qualities that are born out of the processes within the print studio is a key to crossing between the sculptural and print world. For example, the application of ink to a material, rolling and compressing this onto the paper through the repetitive motion of turning the giant press wheel, conceptually imbeds the work with the performance of making. Just as that physical engagement with materials transfers directly into three-dimensions. So, my prints move more and more towards a gesture of formations, the matter forming out of these surface casts.