Tessa Lynch, Rhona Warwick Paterson / Petals Are Not Good Metaphors For Rage
Collagraph print on paper
38 × 32 cm
Edition of 5
In this series titled ‘Made on the Table’, Lynch shows her collaborator, the writer and fellow artist Rhona Warwick Paterson, how to make DIY prints. The result is a series of 6 collagraph and relief printsa and a suite of sixteen unique collage plates, also the images for Warwick Paterson’s new book of the same title. The book was produced as part of Warwick Paterson’s residency at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), for which she set up a kitchen table-cum-studio within the current exhibition Domestic Bliss, which explores notions of the household in modern and contemporary art.
Made on the Table documents the products of this collaboration while also offering an allegorical narrative involving two of the artists featured in the exhibition Domestic Bliss, Nicola L and Niki de Saint Phalle (whom Lynch has described as models for her and Warwick Paterson’s collaboration). Different images refer to – and bear the literal imprint of – screwed up paper, cleaning product branding, a Lithuanian envelope, kitchen toweling and typewriter ribbon; a number of the stencils allude to the shape of a fold-out table. Anarchically positioned lettering might recall the parole in libertà of Futurism or Dada, but references to household routine and creative friendship subvert the hyper-masculine energy of the historical avant-gardes.