|La Rencontre, etching, 20 x 30 cm|
Welcome to the inky skies, dark woods, and stony heights of the last etching in my 'double' series!
The title of this print is French, in keeping with the names of the other prints in this series, and it translates to 'the encounter'. In it, a person meets themself walking in the forest beyond a city which both lies in the distance and hangs above the meeting.
It seemed to me that an encounter of this sort could only take place in contrast to the social, communal world of the town, and that evoking this world would render the forest deeper, darker and more lonely than if the nearest town were thousands of kilometres away.
While I was working away on it, building up the tones of sky, rock, and forest with layers of lines and dashes, I thought about the sometimes eerie qualities of the double, doppelgangers, superstition, the 'return of the repressed', and the fear of mortality.
And though the photos are not as clear as I had hoped, maybe you can see that the only clear white areas of the print are on the clothes of those in the meeting. I had hoped to give them a touch of luminosity to attract the eye down to them, despite their low placement.
Though when I was making the studies for this series of etchings this was not the last image I came up with, I kept this one until last because somehow this felt like the perfect ending to this series. Which is good, because part of me says this topic of doubles is an interesting one, and I feel like I could go on for a long time finding more doublings to explore in images.
Of course, before starting work on these prints I had begun a painting which I will be happy to get back to, and there are new ideas that have been waiting to be brought to light as well. These long days of northern summer are wonderful for painting.
I hope June is treating you well, wherever it takes you!