As a lithographer looking for interesting subjects, the world is my oyster although I have chosen to encircle a particular area in the far east. All you need is an artist’s eye and the right location. For me it is Taipei, the land in which I was born. A big undertaking for me is my on-going series on the Anthropocene Era: Man and his Links to his Environment. I have learned so much in the process, some of which I will share with you over time. Right now, I am exploring a suite of gold miners as a novel take on the subject. It is my new inspiration and a topic of inquiry and research. I have a conception of what I want to show, but it needs rounding out with more authentic details. All the knowledge I gain will go into the imagery. It will therefore be authentic and historically correct.
Old photographs are enormously helpful. I have amassed many from the California Gold Rush era from the mid-19th century when the state was a Mexican province (yes there was the Klondike and Australian versions). It is the most famous historical example and offers me great visual resources. I already see in my mind’s eye the sturdy prospectors wearing work clothes with rolled up sleeves and squashed hats carrying picks and shovels at the mining camps. They are all wearing heavy work boots that have seen better times. There is a mule named Sal by their side carrying a heavy load of other equipment and supplies in pouch-like bags. In another daydream, I see a miner bent over a stream looking at a gold sluice. Another is panning by his side. They were the two methods of choice. I can do a replica of this image but I found myself interested in knowing more about this strange device about which I knew nothing at all, which is when I stumbled upon https://www.findingafortune.net/best-gold-panning-kits-and-gold-sluice-reviews/.
A sluice is a simple, rather primitive item. Basically, it is a long, narrow box through which stream water passes. During the Gold Rush, they were made of wood and had to be operated by hand. Modern versions are plastic or aluminum. The sluice in any form is used to trap gold by means of gravity. The miner wants the dirt and rocks to separate from the precious metal. The heavy nuggets should stay at the bottom of the sluice. To be effective, every sluice had to be inserted in the creek at the proper angle. Otherwise it is difficult to snare finer gold. If you have gold fever like the olden days, you can find more on Facebook. But I will limit my interest in creating lithographs.
You have insight into my new work and are the first to know the subject. I have shown in galleries and will offer new prints shortly. I love the exposure and appreciation. I enjoy winning new fans who appreciate a traditional technique.