Fractured Images: The Starn Brothers

In response to my proposal and my post about Justin Myer Staller’s work, I was recommended by my professor to look into the Starn Brothers and their work with fragmented images.

I was particularly interested in their work with trees because trees are a subject very close to my heart.

from Speak For The Tree

Structure of Thought 7″

Attracted to Light 1″
Above, from Gravity of Light, an installation using 45,000 watts of light to illuminate their giant photographs

Permanent installation in NYC subway.

Double Rembrandt with Steps, 1987

See more here, here, or via google.


Printmaking: Reduction cuts

Tonight, I worked on printmaking homework. My first assignment is to work on practice cuts to explore ways of using the printmaking tools. I knew right away that I wanted to do some trees, but I also made a lot of experimental lines, too. 

I looked at some example cuts and advice online. 

Here is Jodie Hurt’s fish, that I really liked:


I also found this nice step-by-step on how to transfer a drawing to a linoleum block because it’s been awhile since I’ve done it and I couldn’t remember if there was anything special I needed to do to make it happen.

Since I wanted to work on trees, I decided to google search “Aspen tree prints” to get an idea of how an actual tree would transfer into a print or drawing style with little shading. I found this beautiful print on etsy that I really liked:

And here’s my work as of about an hour ago, including the sketch: