The MPRG Print edition is a new fundraising initiative that supports the creative production of a unique limited-edition artwork by a Mornington Peninsula based artist. We are excited to present our inaugural print edition featuring local artist Rosie Weiss, printed by Trent Walter at Negative Press.
Back to the Garden 2022.
etching and monotype
image size: 22.0 x16.0cm
sheet size: 37.0 x 28.5cm
frame size: 52.5 x 42.0cm
Edition of 40.
Each print features a unique monotype colour background meaning no print is the same.
Printed by Trent Walter at Negative Press.
Framed by our friends at Southern Buoy.
I collect plant fragments from the edges of human activity that form the starting point for my work. During lockdown I found these invasive couch grass remnants and began to shape them into letters. After witnessing the aftermath of the 2020 fires and seeing areas of abundant regrowth alongside other vast empty tracts without a single green shoot I wondered what would colonise these places, what kind of species diversity would endure?
‘Back to the garden’ uses the internationally recognised SOS call for help, I’ve placed the two S’s bisecting the edge of the image so that they double as dollar signs, my hope is that we stop taking from our earth and begin to give back. The title comes from Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock song, ‘And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden,’ from the 1960’s many of us have known about the developing climate emergency, and now it’s time to act.
I loved working with the detail possibilities of the etching process and the colour, looseness and variety of mark making attainable with the monotypes, and I loved working with master printer Trent Walter.
Rosie Weiss, July 2022
Rosie Weiss is a Mornington Peninsula based artist & educator. In 1992 she won the Moet & Chandon Australian art Fellowship with a painting titled 'lung' a reaction to the chemical fire on Coode Island the same year. In 1996 she completed her Master of Arts at RMIT with 'Intimate Patterns' a body of work that examined our relationship with nature. She has exhibited in Australia, Asia & France over the past thirty years, and her work can be found in collections across Australia including The National Gallery of Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Artbank & The National Gallery of Australia.
Weiss makes work about her/our relationship to the natural world. She finds plant fragments on the edges of human activity, paths, bush tracks, school play grounds, city streets, logging tracks, farms, her garden and by the sea. These fragments have often been worn down by wear and tear, including fire, to their essential structures, they then form the basis of her practice as she attempts to give them a voice.