By Strawberry Battery, Lithograph and Relief, 51 x 71 cm
Sea Stories is a series of twenty (51 x 71 cm) multicolored monoprints which combine stone lithography with collagraphy and printed wood grains. The images are taken from objects washed onto the shores of McNab's Island; a five mile stretch of land located at the entrance to Halifax's harbour. Flotsam such as weathered wood, fragments of lobster traps, nets, ropes, keels from fishing boats and even sandals have either been rubbed onto transfer paper or directly inked and pressed onto each print. The rich layering process, which builds the monoprints' characteristics, is an attempt to mirror water's natural ability to sculpt and smooth surfaces.