Edge of the Sky II
PRESENTED BY : David Krut Projects
|Frame||Thin Black Frame|
|Medium||10-colour reduction linocut|
The Day Lingered, a solo show by Claire Zinn can be seen at the David Krut Projects, Blue House, 151 Jan Smuts Avenue,Parkwood, Johannesburg from 4 September –23 October 2021.
“Many of my artworks are inspired by the natural world and finding new ways of exploring it on paper” Claire Zinn
Zinn has mastered the complex printing technique of reduction linocut, a process that results in a multi-coloured, multi-layered print carved from a single block. Usually the lightest areas of the image are carved and printed first, before the block is “reduced” by carving back into the matrix again and again. This creates subsequent layers, which are printed with successively darker inks onto the same paper surface. Once a layer has been printed, the matrix for it is destroyed as the block is re-carved for the following layers. By the end of the process, often very little of the relief remains, and no more prints can be made.
Zinn has considered whether her affinity for reductive linocuts comes from her history and love of painting, as she is able to create more shades, lights and darks. The technique also allowed her to use up to 16 colours in a single print–resulting in striking monochromatic areas alongside lush patches of colourful foliage in her works. Significantly Zinn’s approach and application of the reductive medium begins to transgress the visual boundaries of linocut and block printing as the images are transformed into an almost hyper realistic visual form.