Cone Prints / Negative Experiment

In one of my tutorials, it was suggested to me that I do a negative print of one of my original prints, so it would be a series of two prints – both the opposite of each other. I decided to do this by making a normal cone print with white paint on black paper, and then glue string into the carved text in the cone and print this with black paint on white paper. Below is the result:

These prints both use the same cone, with the words ‘AVOID VOID’ continually around it. It’s really strange to see these two together, because each print shows what the other print is missing and they have completely different feels to them. Removing the text and putting it on it’s own has created a dynamic feel to me, because before this exercise I was unaware that the text was so absent from the normal print.

The isolated text has a positive feel to it, where as the normal cone print feels quite draining and macabre, these two prints really make me question and they baffle me, which is an aspect I love and it makes sense in terms of my context of uncertainty.


With the prints below, I took the isolated text print, and edited it to become a negative of the original – which creates a double negative of the original cone print.

These prints make me think of concrete poetry, where a body of text is shaped into an image that reflect the content of the text. The idea of my prints contemplating death, and my thoughts being continuous, so the idea of my print becoming concrete poetry makes sense with my context.

I’m really pleased with both sets of prints and how they come across, and i feel they are worth exploring further in the future. I think in terms of time, they need more consideration and i want to take time with this, so they wouldn’t be pieces to show at the interim show, but maybe coming back to them in semester 2. Doing these prints has also suggested bringing digital art into my work, but again this would need to planned as I would need workshops or time to experiment with different programmes.


Resemblance / 2

Last week I presented two of my cone prints to my crit group; one original print and one print with more text in it. I did this in preparation for the upcoming SIA exhibition and wanted advice to which type of print to make more of for the show?

I Received positive feedback on both – told to use both in a mixture and also given more visual references to what my work resembles:


  • texture of them and the text being pushed into a surface
  • weathered gravestones – text becomes illegible to read, texture of deterioration
  • relates to the context of my prints heavily (death)
  • similar tones and textures to my prints



  • stones that come in pairs, used in mills to grind grains
  • they are placed against each other and pressure is applied to the grains fall into the indents and are then grinded
  • similar shape, pattern, tone, texture and idea of direction that is in my prints


Roman Wax Tablets

  • reusable and portable writing tablets used from 27 BC and on-wards
  • made from wood and wax originally and then developed into bronze
  • text was left indented on the tablets – an impression was made – similar to my prints
  • idea of something that was there, that made an impression


The Rosetta Stone

  • created in 196 BC and found in 1799, The Rosetta Stone is a rock stele (a monument for commemorative purposes, that is taller than it is wide) Inscribed in the stone is a decree of the Priest of Memphis issued in Egypt by King Pbolmny V
  • ¬†it has 3 scripts that all say the same; one is Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics, the second is demotis script and finally Ancient Greek, all three texts were the only used at this time period
  • the stone has a similar texture to my prints and how the text is in lines and imprinted, also similar to my work

After hearing these resemblances to my work, the idea of history resonates with me and how I could possibly push the idea of a past into my work, with references to these images and objects.

Music / Creating my own piece of text

For my set of 9 prints, i already had 4 with few words and 4 using song lyrics, all 8 would be the outer prints in my 3 x 3 square. The only print left was the middle and for this one, i wanted to bring the essence and words of the other print in but as one, to represent the rapid overthinking i do when i think about death. Below is what i composed using a mixture of my own words and some of the essential lyrics from the 4 songs i chose:

Everlong is neverlong,
So I am going, I am just going, I am gone,
There is nothing more for me,
needed the end to set me free,
yesterday never existed,
death greeted me warm,
now I say goodbye,
I’m not here, not there, not anywhere,
He appeared saying don’t be afraid,
come on baby,
I had no fear,
I ran to him,
we started to fly,
come on,
Don’t fear the reaper,
Avoiding the void,
This time there was no sound to hide behind,
we’re all battling fear,
oh dear,
i don’t know why we are here,
oh my,
too deep,
please stop thinking,
I have these thoughts too often but now I just sit in silence.


I’m really please with how it reads and i feel it does convey my overthinking and thought process when i think about death, more so than the other prints. I feel as though this will be the most poignant print and I plan to write up the cone, which will allow for more text to be carved into the cone, i’m really excited to see the outcome of this particular piece.

Music / Chosen Lyrics in my work

Music is a big part of my life and it helps me understand a lot, I use music as a relief and also as research for my art. As I have been discussing in other blog posts, I am using songs and lyrics in my prints. These songs are all ones i love, by musicians i love and the lyrics of the songs are ones I have found contentment in about death or they explain my situation and thought process. As music is such a big deal to me, it has become a way in which i think and process, so below are the four songs/verses that I will be carving into cones and using in my final 9 prints, that will be exhibited:
Bob Dylan – Going, going, gone
I’ve just reached a place
Where the willow don’t bend
There’s not much more to be said
It’s the top of the end
I’m going
I’m going
I’m gone
I’m closin’ the book
On the pages and the text
And I don’t really care
What happens next
I’m just going
I’m going
I’m gone
Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio
I ponder of something terrifying
‘Cause this time there’s no sound to hide behind
I find over the course of our human existence
One thing consists of consistence
And it’s that we’re all battling fear
Oh dear, I don’t know if we know why we’re here
Oh my,
Too deep
Please stop thinking
I have these thoughts
So often I oughtAnd now I just sit in silence

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Here but now they’re gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn’t go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew and then disappeared
The curtains flew and then he appeared… saying don’t be afraid
Come on baby… and she had no fear
And she ran to him… then they started to fly
They looked backward and said goodbye… she had become like they are
She had taken his hand… she had become like they are
Come on baby… don’t fear the reaper
Metallica – Fade to Black
Life, it seems, will fade away
Drifting further every day
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters, no one elseI have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Things not what they used to be
Missing one inside of me
Deathly lost, this can’t be real
Cannot stand this hell I feel

Emptiness is filling me
To the point of agony
Growing darkness taking dawn
I was me, but now he’s gone

Anemic Cinema by Marcel Duchamp

A Dadasit/Surrealist short, experimental film by French Artist; Marcel Duchamp, born 1887. Stills of the video can be seen above and the actual video can be seen below:

Made in 1926, this short film see’s various circular depictions, with various motifs from spirals and text, spinning in a transcendent manor, the text itself contains puns in French, which suggests a humorous context to the work. A very hypnotic short, that I think resembles my own own work, with it’s use of text, direction, spiral and way that it causes the audience to fall into a light trance. This is something I think this film does spectacularly, and I aspire to have the trance effect in my own work.

“Duchamp creates a dualism between silence and loudness through images.”

I really love the vintage illusion this film has, as though it would be a magic trick Houdini would have made to hypnotise his audience. With the black and white tones, it’s really interesting to compare this film to my own work and seeing this film has given me insight into how I can adapt my prints into other practices, or even add movement to my prints in order to create the trance effect.


Rorschach Tests

Created by Herman Rorschach in 1921, The Rorschach Test is a psychological exam where the subjects perception of a series of inkblots is recorded and then analysed for psychological practice and for the patient.


the results of these tests are open to psychological interpretation using complex algorithms, which are then used to examine the subjects personality, emotional and characteristics functions. The images are created by painting a loosely representative image of something; an animal, object. This page is then folded in half, creating ¬†mirror image imprint on the other-side, but an overall abstract image is created but has an image replicated in it, which the subject then see’s and suggests.


I relate Rorschach tests to my own cone prints because similarly, my prints are open to interpretation, there is no defining image represented through the circle, but people still suggest to me what they relate it to. In both the tests and my prints, uncertainty is key, nothing is certain in both images and this is where the suggestive representation come is ‘is it a…?’ ‘i see a…’. The Rorschach tests are also very unreadable with i can compare to my own work. I really like the idea of my prints being like my own Rorschach tests as my prints depict my thoughts and mind directly.


Collage / Resemblance

After hearing all the references to my work and what the prints look like, I created a collage of all these images, that I an compare my work to. I cropped all the images into circles because my prints are circle and I turned them all black and white so again, they replicate my prints. Below is an image of the collage in my sketchbook:


Images from left to right:

-TOP ROW – Vintage weather radar, Beatles vinyl record, Arial photo of a hurricane, Iris of an eye

-MIDDLE ROW- Google result of near death experience, whorl fingerprint, vinyl record, 1960’s weather radar showing a hurricane

-BOTTOM ROW – Ship radar display, CT head scan, Slice of tree, light at the end of a tunnel (another result from google of near death experience)

Doing this collage, has shown me the possibilities of where i can go with my prints, and all the different contexts I can express through my prints. It’s great to see all these images together and uniform in shape and colour and i can see so many similarities in them to my prints. It is also gives me ideas to what i can do in terms of display as I can image my prints set out like they are above.