Africa gelatine print jennifer petz



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... well depending on why one is printing, the aim of the game is usually to make something that looks good enough to put on show. Whereby the aim is by no means the most important - the road that takes us there is what rewards us the most.

When one starts gelatine printing one is infused with awe and surprise. Every time one pulls the paper off the gelatine plate one is amazed at what the result is. Sometimes there is a tremendous fear of disappointment when one realise that the last print ultimately destroyed what had had potential to be something great.

It is all about knowing when to stop, knowing when to carry on and sometimes also knowing when to wait a day or two for new inspiration.

Of course there are those moments of absolute fascination and joy when you pull up a print and it is magnificent, one falls in love with what YOU have created.

And after  going at it for two hours one is totally exhausted and if you are like me - you dash out of the studio and just leave the mess (the advantages of having a studio - where one can leave things to dry and leave the mess for another day.)

After a while though one wants to start creating things in a more controlled manner. One realises that the best results are attained when a little bit of thought and planning was put into the matter before one dives in. And ere the challenge starts. to have an idea of where one is going and then to take step by careful step towards that goal - knowing with every print you could ruin the whole work of art.

And then in between one just needs to be free, dive in and get wet without any expectations.

I do find that my training as a graphic artist helps me to bridge the gap between just messing around and producing something I really really like.

Today I sat by the river and wrote a little children's story that I will dedicate to my Nephew - its his birthday today!

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