SOLAR FLARES


In Solar Flares, Wayne introduces the compositional device of placing one field within another. This would characterize much of her work in lithography over the next five years. The scale of both fields is deliberately ambiguous - probably vast and immeasurable, yet possibly microscopic - and the boundaries between what we assume are separate planes are deliberately breached.


Waye concentrated on capturing the fugitive color of yellow ink and found that she could hold it only by introducing other colors round it. As a result of her experiments, she almost completely avoided yellow in her next porfolio of cosmic images.




Solar Burst


YEAR: 1982 SIZE: 17.25 X 17 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LL W/IN IMAGE ON WAYNE'S RIVES WITH TAMSTONE WATERMARK AND ARTIST'S AND PRINTER'S CHOP


"If you look at Solar Burst closely, you will see very pale pinks and greens. To hold the central image, I need a lot of gray value in the field aound it. I learned a lot about yellow doing this series, althoug I am not proposing that these prints did more than scratch the surface of that technical problem. I would like to go back to yellow as a problem in itself but I am convinced that inks are not the right medium. They don't have the materiality. They're too transparent, and yellow is particularly transparent in ink.



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