Squeezing a plant fragment between an inked pad against and a piece of paper, the fragment acts like stencil or template, blocking the ink, and resulting in a printed reverse silhouette.
However; the ink blocked by the plant fragment is retained in the pad, and the pressure has displaced the ink in measure, conforming to the height and surface variation of the fragment.
Setting the plant fragment aside and pressing the ink pad onto a clean piece of paper results in an image resembling a micro-photograph or low relief.
By repeating this process, and moving the plant fragments incrementally, the printed sequence can be used for animation.
PRINTING FOR MULLIGAN, 1 minute, 2014
Arranging and attaching plant fragments to a piece of cardboard with tape, measuring increments along the cardboard, pressing the displacement prints, (not shown is the scanning, and compositing – the first silhouette print is used as a track matte for the second displacement image), and the combined clip.