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Chaos series

A series of sculptural paperworks considering the interactions of humans with chaotic external forces. These contemplative works pair geometric shapes with chance-process 'chaos' marks, both of which lie beyond the scope of the human-made, inviting the viewer to engage with the freedom of a natural system and to reconsider the relationship between damage and creation.

Works in editions are made with the same strict set of processes, with a necessarily unique outcome for each print. Pictured are the first prints of each edition.

These works are a continuation of an exploration into the absurd.

Chaos I: Variations

This series was made using a 6" circular copper plate in combination with several lightweight Japanese papers. Many of the prints are 'reflexive'; impressions of themselves disintegrating, exploding, distorting and degrading in successive ghost prints.


Using processes that are simultaneously highly controlled and unpredictable, a unique, handmade sheet of paper is marked under tremendous pressure by an inked plate. Crush-scars and negative spaces work in combination with ink marks to gesture at something beyond human limitations - a true absence of order.

Chaos I (theme)  Monoprint on Ginwashi, 1/7

Chaos I, Variation II  Monoprint on Okawara with pencil, 1/7

Chaos I, Variation III  Monoprint on Okawara, 1/7

Chaos I, Variation IV  Monoprint on Mura Rokubu, 1/7

Chaos I, Variation V  Layered monoprint on Okawara and Ginwashi, 1/7

Chaos I, Variation VI  Monoprint on Okawara, 1/7

Chaos II: Variations and Distortions

A series of small-scale works playing with squares, this series was begun during a residency at print studio Print To The People (Norwich, UK). All prints are unique, made with lightweight Tosa washi, torn (Variations) or cut (Distortions) into 20x20cm squares which are then crushed and printed multiple times in specific orders with precise variables, yielding a contained randomness. The mats have been altered with drawing, piercing and sewing to show the loss in area post-damage. The final ghost impression on each print is a complete square, sometimes barely visible except for its plate mark. 

The Chaos II Variations are monoprints in editions of 7, and the Distortions are monotypes.

Chaos II, Variation II  Monoprint on Tosa with sewing, 1/7, 2018

Chaos II, Distortion I  Monotype on Tosa with graphite, 2018

Chaos II, Variation VI  Monoprint on Tosa with sewing, 1/7, 2018

Chaos II, Distortion VI  Monotype on Tosa with sewing, 2018

(More images coming soon) 

Paper forms

Objects made from Japanese handmade papers 

Maquettes for Cylinders, set of 4, Okawara

Untitled (after Artschwager), side view

Untitled (after Artschwager), Monoprinted Okawara

Untitled (yellow cream), side view

Untitled (yellow cream), Monoprinted Gampi and found frame



These pairs of monoprints are cross-printed on two individual sheets of handmade Japanese paper. Each side bears the 'damage' of the other, and the pale, textured second ghost print displays a record of this act of crushing/colliding. They are joined by a hand-drawn line that crosses the space between them. The placement of the plates is unique for each pair in the edition. 

Reciprocals I   Pair of monoprints with pencil on Mura Rokubu, 1/5

More work appearing here soon. Please contact Emilie for availability.