As I had already made these circular monoprint backgrounds I wondered about using them as a basis for the house forms?. I retrieved some high resolution jpegs and gave them a 'try out' on the computer screen using Photoshop. But ~ I thought nah..... doesn't really do anything much for me. I think I then left it for a few days A couple of nights later as I was lying in bed, going off to sleep, I had this idea of making an embossed house with shapes of animals and creatures and maybe objects associated with aspects of just `'being" in your own space; in a place where only you could go.
I was thinking along the lines of a 'house of the soul' or 'of dreams'. That idea appealed to me, in that, the figurative elements, so to speak, would only be suggested given the nature of embossed images. I had always liked the idea of making some artwork using this process and it struck me that given that it would be a 3d form then it would be easier to see the emboss. I thought that I might incorporate a botanical form alluding to the idea of growth and gardens I also liked the idea of the animal like spirits.
As with all of my house forms there would be no door in or out of this space as the idea is that it represents a place of rest or meditation and of privacy.
Maybe I would be a spider’s web, as a metaphor for one to spin a story or a dream and even a chair to rest one’s self on, as one contemplates…………………………..
But no it was going to be the emboss house forms I thought to myself. So using Hahnemuhle or what is sometimes called German etching paper I did some tests with various animal shapes cut from polypropylene. The first emboss house here is test trying out various shapes - thought to myself better not include a cross as it might not appeal to a non Christian. The rabbit didn't look so good either.