This summer I took home a collection of shells as usual. But I chose fragmented shells that had interesting textures and holes, shells that might look like something other than a shell when examined closely.
I made some more solarplate etchings and began to play with composition and layering. Here you can see my three different versions of this seashell image. The light-sensitive plates are exposed with a photo transparency and when the emulsion is washed out, you are left with a plate etched with the photographic image.
Here's a first run of what I've done with them. I'm starting to feel like the images are not really about seashells, but about something deeper - a reflection of time, age and memory, perhaps. I'm sure this was influenced by the he said/she said news of the last weeks. I was thinking that my memories are stitched together fragments, a blur of what I have done and might have done, with great holes of forgetting as years pass.
Amen to that!