About this piece:
“Posy Patch” is a handmade screen-printed artist book that is part of a four part floral book series created from 2015-2016. This specific book is an edition of three, which uses archival silicon based adhesive as a main binding agent. This series uses the same screen-printed imagery in four distinctly different ways. The sharp folds and cut outs of “Posy Patch” characterize a strong architectural object that is hidden by the cover of a floral collage design. The disguise of a floral covering has made this book into a non-confrontational object, the same way that a front garden can make a home or building less threatening. Outdoor gardening as a pastime is known to create persistent joy and aid in the treatment of depression; this artist book aims to be a place of floral discovery, similar to an outdoor gardening experience. This patch of printed material acts as a channel of floral variety, strong color and surprising texture that can be explored on those rainy, cold, or wintery days.
The imagery is sourced from my personal archive of family vacation slides and the addition of a limited amount of collage material found in various vintage gardening magazines. The magazine material consists of only 10% of the original collage image and is greatly modified during the digital collage process and the hand-printed screen method. The vintage magazine sourced images are always altered, often they are cut apart and pieced back together, the colors are changed digitally and the clippings are blurred or over sharpened making the original image unrecognizable.
cotton paper, acrylic ink, acid free adhesive, book board
NOTE: This book is printed using Golden brand acrylic based screen printing inks and is bound using archival, acid free silicon adhesive, which is extremely strong, yet doesn’t dry out over time. All images are printed on white Somerset Satin 250gsm cotton-rag acid free printmaking paper. The books are surprisingly durable as the acrylic inks become water resistant when dry, creating a plastic like surface to the paper. These books are highly crafted to the uppermost level and are built to last.
About the artist:
Mackenzie Browning is a Denver based, Canadian artist who works primarily in screen-print, book arts, and print based sculpture. Mackenzie’s aesthetic can be described as bold, meticulous, and inventive, often blurring the lines between design, craft and fine art. His artworks are constantly pushing personal technical boundaries, often becoming architectural in nature. Mackenzie’s creations and installations reflect both his past and present lived experiences, a personal history that has primarily taken place in the suburban construct. Mackenzie holds an MFA and a BFA degree in studio art.