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 Flash


YEAR: 1983 SIZE: 17.25 X 17 SIGNED: LR W/IN IMAGE TITLED: LR W/IN IMAGE ON WAYNE'S RIVES WITH TAMSTONE WATERMARK AND ARTIST'S AND PRINTER'S CHOP


"Originally, when I started this suite, I was going to call it Sneaking Up on Yellow. This was another one of those situations where I was saying, 'Look, ma, no hands!' How close could you come to falling off the page, given that yellow is such a desperate color to work with? It has no value. You can see yellow only to the degree that you have contaminated it. I had to put gray in it to keep it from disappearing. So, in the Solar Flares, I made after images of yellow."



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