Ra, Apep, and the Phoenix, 2018, Monoprint 30 x 22 1/2in
Sublimating emotional terrain as layers of psycho-physical imprints, Kirsh uses a self-exploratory and nontraditional methodology to create Alchemical Blues, a series of mono-prints and multi-media prints. The works reflect the oceanic unconscious and fluidity of embodied experience. Kirsh’s process begins with mixing hues of blue, grey and white, each of which is reflective of the artist's emotional spectra. She creates different mixture of ink with oil, experimenting with materiality to invent modes of creating texture and gesture.
The ink’s consistency predetermines the nature of the physical creation process which in turn effects the psychical experience the artist has while producing the work. The ink may be easily maneuvered, or thick in such a way to require the arduous pushing of pigment. Kirsh trades-in traditional tools, such as rollers, sponges, and stencils, instead preferring her hands to imbue the works with felt experience. Kirsh is able to tap deeper into somatic or mind-body experience, thus embedding the strokes into the glass plate more freely and intuitively. Working with water-based ink opens experimentation to layering as the material is soluble. Creating textured imprints on the glass plate as a base layer, her strokes materialize onto the glass plate. She drips, sprays, sloshes and soaks the surface to generate a variety of forms, undulating organic configurations. Other layers of impressions are created by painting with water to strip layers of ink in swooping and calligraphic forms. Then the once malleable ink on glass is transferred to paper, through the press, fixing the psycho-physical states, emotional currents, and mythological symbology onto paper. Once they are dry, Kirsh sometimes draws or paints on top of the prints adding an extra layer of experience.
Cosmic Union, 2018, Monotprint, 22 1/2 x 30in
Talisman Eye, 2018, Monoprint, 22 1/2 x 30in
Embryonic Soup, 2018, Monoprint, 22 1/2 x 30in
Prophesy of Light, 2018, Monoprint, 30 x 22 1/2in
Daemon Portal, 2018, Monoprint, 11 x 15in
Exospheric Matter, 2018, Monoprint Mixed Media, 15 x 11in
Orbital, 2018, Monoprint, 11x 15in
Obake, 2018, Monoprint Mixed Media, 11 x 15in
Invocation, 2018, Monoprint, 22 1/2 x 30in
Amorphia, 2018, double Monoprint, 22 1/2 x 30in
Undercurrents, 2018, Monoprint, 11 x 15in
מים חיים (Mayim Hayim) Living Water, 2018, Monoprint, 22 1/2 x 30in