Heather McMordie: Life Forms II, Parent Material
Assemblage of watercolor and collograph prints on hand-cut paper with collograph matrix
13 in x 12 in x 4in
Inspired by the forms of aquatic plants along the Schuylkill River, Heather McMordie makes collagraph plates on chipboard, which she prints in black on paper. She then paints the reverse side of the prints, then cuts them into tendrils, grasses, and vines. She curls the resulting forms in on themselves and adheres them to the chipboard, which serves as a base by which the pieces are anchored to the wall. Like a sapling emerging from a seed hull, the printed papers sprout from the textured surfaces that produced them. Shifts in lighting alter shadows and create the illusion that the sculptures have changed positions like plants following the sun.