One of my activities apart from photographic documentation of different landforms was to make a couple of small frottage prints at a specific site. This quick procedure entailed placing rice paper over a specific piece of rock formation and rubbing over the surface with compressed charcoal, graphite or pastel as a way to produce a ‘ print ‘ with place-name, date and time. Because my type of contemporary landscape painting and mixed media is not painted on site but produced in my studio these ‘prints ‘ are like a touchstone that can connect me back to the original place when I insert them into a composition. For example I did two frottages or ‘prints ‘ of rocks at the Pinnacles and at W.Wallabi island.
Pinnacle frottage 1 and 2, one in compressed charcoal and two with a graphite stick.
W.Wallabi island frottage 1 and 2 both pencil rubbings
on rice paper because it is flexible and durable.
Previous examples of this technique and their application can be viewed on my website at desterreart.com.au in the Gallery under a section titled An Archaeology of Landscape. The two images below are examples of mixed media artworks from the series titled An Archaeology of Landscape produced several years ago as the result of an artist’s tour where we worked in Katherine Gorge and at falls in Litchfield National Park.
Fold, 2003, 150×78 cm, mixed media from the series titled An Archaeology of Landscape.
Layer, 2003, 165×85 cm, mixed media from the series titled An Archaeology of Landscape