IImprintation teaches us that the transfer of information from one physical state to another is a necessary ingredient for making meaning and beauty.
At the most elemental level, meaning and beauty exist in the form of memories, emotions, and perceptions–mind states that represent our most potent sources of meaning and beauty. For reasons that are not understood, these mind states are always accompanied by electrochemical interactions between energy and mass in our brains: winning examples of physical imprintation. Although this link between mind states and brain states remains one of the most prominent and contested questions of philosophy and science, clearly human perception is not possible without our brains going about their business of transforming patterns from one physical form to another using acids and electricity. And surely meaning and beauty are by definition not possible without human perception because meaning and beauty are themselves human perceptions.
Therefore the transfer of information from one physical state to another is a necessary component for making meaning and beauty.
Printmaking is a joyously literal manifestation of this process. I know what you are saying right now: we already know that screen printing is the best form of printmaking, but why stop there? What other creative ways can be found to enact and manifest the transfer of experience from one physical form to another that is so central to our existence?
For this reason I am getting more interested in moldmaking and casting techniques. I love the idea of printmaking in three (or four) dimensions.
This is all a long way of saying check out these little tests I made. They are charcoal rubbings of plaster castings of hand carvings in linoleum depicting a simple security envelope from an envelope.