In early February 2012, I assembled with Noelle Noonan from Ireland, Suthat Pinruethai from Thailand, Prawat Laucharoen from New York, and Jeera Rattanangkoon, Harinani Orme, and Lisa Louise Adams from Hawai’i at the Mu-Ryang-Sa Buddhist Temple in Palolo Valley, a suburb of Honolulu for ‘temporary residency 3: Honolulu’. Our collective task was to reflect on the nature of print practice, in particular its installation potential, and to make and install work to coincide with the Honolulu Printmakers 84th annual exhibition at the Honolulu Academy Art Centre.
On the first evening I asked our hosts which way north was only to learn that Hawai’ians orientate themselves between makai (seaward) and mauka (mountain-ward). The parameters of my project were set that first evening as I began the task of making a map to find my own way culturally in that new environment. I learnt about local flora & fauna, topography, the vaporous atmospheric conditions, the many names for different types of rain and about certain native Hawai’ian cultural practices. I made vegetable dyes similar to those used for dyeing kapa and stained paper with them, I made monoprints and cut woodblocks that reflected the topography and printed them with watercolour on lightweight papers. I folded and stitched the prints together to form ‘maps’ in the shape of pressed hibiscus flowers.
Click on the first image to see a slideshow of the progress of my project.
This ‘temporary residency‘ was the third in the series to explore the potential of print as an installation practice. The first two residencies were hosted by Prawat in his loft living space in the “NoHo” district of Manhattan in September 2010 and April 2011, with artists invited from Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and Ireland. Prawat Laucharoen’s long commitment to printmaking as artist, master printer and teacher finds a new dimension through his program of PRINT INSTALLATION temporary residencies. A forthcoming residency is being planned for March 2013 in Queenstown, Tasmania as part of the Ten Days on the Island Arts Festival.