United States of America born 1948

rumors of virtue 1993
Collection Title: the 'rumours of virtue' series of 73 monotypes
Title Notes: 000-071
Materials & Technique: prints, monotypes, monotype with hand-colouring on layered paper Support: three peices of layered, handmade, Fuji Japanese paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: XXX
Edition: a series of 73 monotypes
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1993

Edition Notes: The artist travelled with Kenneth Tyler to Fuji Paper Mills Cooperative in Tokushima, Japan to make many of the papers used in this 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 innovative printmaking techniques refferred to in Japan as, Sukimoyo-gami, characterised by sumptous 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 sgowered from above, through his stencils, and onto newley-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 as a solid sheets. The second layer was formed in and around the paper stencils which had been stiched to bamboo papermaking screens, called sus. Each pulp design was then couched from the sus 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 corner, pencil "1992 Steven Sorman"
Secondary Insc: titled lower left corner, pencil "rumours of virtue XXX"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, TGL chop
Dimensions: comp and sheet 41.8 h x 45.0 w cm Frame 55.0 h x 58.0 w x 3.2 d cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1993
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.463