United States of America
rumors of virtue (LIV)
Collection Title: the 'rumours of virtue' series of 73 monotypes
Title Notes: 000-072
Materials & Technique:
prints, monoprint, collage, paper pulp Support: three, sheets adhered together: hand dyed, wove, handmade, Fuji papers; green ,wove, handmade, fuji paper pulp
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition: a series of 73 monotypes
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1993
Edition Notes: A series of 73 monotypes, collage prints made in 1993. The artist journeyed with Kenneth Tyler to the Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative in Tokushima, Japan to make many of the handmade papers that were used for the project. The artist first made stencils in the manner of the ancient technique 'katazome', which is traditionally used in Japan for papermaking and kimono stenciling.
During a two week period, richly coloured and layered handmade papers were made using a number of various innovative printmaking techniques referred to in Japan as. 'Sukimoyo-gami', characterised by sumptuous use of colour, layering of pigmented fibres, and the creation of various forms of duplex (two colours of pulp couched one onto the other) and watermarked sheets. Sorman made two kinds of duplex sheets: 'lace' and 'watermarked'. For the 'lace', water droplets were showered from above, through his stencils and onto newly formed pulp layers. The resulting sheets were couched to a conventionally formed sheet and they were dried. His 'watermarked' papers were made in two parts. The first layer was formed in and around the paper stencils which had been stitched to bamboo papermaking screens, called 'sus'. Each pulp design was then couched from the su onto a larger newly formed sheet of pulp in a contrasting colour and the two layers were dried as one.
After the papers were made, the artist returned to his studio. He printed both from and onto the variety of papers. He then collaged some of them to make the finished monotypes.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right edge, pencil "1992 Steven Sorman"
Secondary Insc: entitled lower left edge, pencil "rumours of virtue LIV"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, TGL chop [hexagon]
verso: inscribed lower right edge, pencil "LIV"
comp and sheet 42.4 h x 62.6 w cm
: TGL print documentation, 1993
: Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002 Accession No
: NGA 2002.1.462