Root Systems V, Lithograph
“Root Systems V” is a lithographic print, created by the layering of 5 different Pronto plates. I drew directly onto the plates, and registered them using a punch system to ensure the alignment. The first run or layer was drawn onto a plate using a permanent marker. The remaining runs were drawn on four separate plates using a ball point pen to build up the surface and tones. Because Pronto plates are translucent, I could lay one plate on top of another to see where I had already created tones. The plates were printed onto cream Rives Heavyweight paper using transparent color mixes: yellow, olive green, pale red, pale purple gray, orange, and a gray. I often mix Pronto plates with other lithographic bases (stone, plate) or other media, but this print is solely from the Pronto plates.
This work is part of an ongoing series based on roots, the ground and the layers that make up our world.