‘The Wires’ by Two Headed Dog
What’s the background to this print?
This print is the first in a 3-part series which came to life when I worked as a contractor on the Dublin railway. We were in the midst of a heat-wave and were on site for a few long weeks at the Newcomen Yard in the North inner-city. Days were spent filthy and roasting in the unusually hot Irish sun. When the shift ended, I would wander the yard for a while with a camera, trying to capture something I felt was bubbling beneath the surface of the harsh landscape.
Newcomen is a place that many would describe as bleak. A desert of railway ballast, rubbish and weeds. Uneven ground. Rats visibly clambering the detritus. Syringes scatter the ground, along with many weather beaten wallets and handbags, emptied of cash and thrown onto the tracks. Each a tragic story. Despite this there was an underlying soul to the industrial topography. Buddleia provided flashes of colour from the cracking brickwork, the paint and roller artwork of Graffiti writers lit up the high walls. The canal, washing the blackened gravel banks. Local kids’ old rope-swings hanging from the bridge, turning the wrought iron hulk into a thing of play…. Hope in and amongst the decay.
Tell us a little about the technique you used to make this print?
The original imagery was a combination of black and white photography and acrylic mark making.
Once the image was digitally prepared for acetate, using bitmapping, and exposed, it was screenprinted in two separate colours on recycled card.
One challenging issue with this image was to achieve the very fine detail of the electricity wires which required quite a bit of planning in the exposure technique, choice of screen mesh, ink consistency and print technique.
What do you love about print?
It reminds me of my hometown, and that I don’t have to work on the railway any more!
Which print/artwork would you love to own?
I don’t have a strong desire to own a specific artwork but I would love to see the South Korean brush-pen artist Kim Jung Gi perform one of his giant live artworks.