Shift Series

Shift I
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift II
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift III
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift IV
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift V
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift VI
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm

The Shift series consists of six experimental screen prints created from paper stencils. The stencils are made by tearing a large sheet of paper around the contours of my own body. These stencils are applied to the silkscreen to block areas while allowing room for ink to bleed at the edges of the stencils. Each print contains three approximations of the same bodily position, shifting as my body discovers a way to do each pose more comfortably than before. By using transparent inks mixed by hand, I have been able to map the points at which my body was most comfortable. The darkest areas denote the points at which my body repeatedly found support. In this series, I am co-opting a process designed for mass-production in order to create unique impressions of specific moments in time. A juxtaposition that feels significant to me as I explore inconsistencies between how the body is represented and how it is experienced. This project is exciting to me as I have found a way to push my body as it is through the silkscreen, circumventing my perception of myself.