- Rita Maas
- Size: 23 1/4” x 13 1/2”
- Reclaimed Epson Ink on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper (left) / Inkjet Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper (right)
Drawings in Three Easy Steps 20.13, 2020
Size: 10” x 11” prints (unframed)
Residual Ink Drawings plays with reclaimed ink from the inkjet printing process to consider our understanding of photographic reproductions as objects by placing them beside the world they describe and the one they inhabit.
I begin my process by collecting empty ink cartridges and used maintenance tanks from various professional and consumer inkjet printers. I use these reclaimed materials to make unique drawings which I then digitally reproduce (scan and print via an inkjet printer). The two prints are then displayed side by side setting up the tension between the “thing” and the representation of the “thing”. The materiality and appearance of the two prints are similar yet one is generated by chance directly from materials, the other is a photographic clone translated through digital data. One IS something while the other is a representation OF something. The copy is never perfect and when placed beside its source print, the slippage becomes apparent. I invite the viewer to carefully examine the difference between the sensibility of touch and that which is derived from pixels and codes.
Drawing In Three Easy Steps is a playful series of ink drawings that are made by dipping marbles in reclaimed ink and then allowing them to roll over the surface of the paper. The marbles become a proxy to my hand while gravity and movement direct the outcome. Following through with the strategies that I have set up in Residual Ink Drawings, I scan and reproduce the original drawing using digital technologies and an inkjet printer.
Within this project I play with the tropes and myths surrounding mid-century Abstract-Expressionistic painting while still subscribing to their power.