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Print Series: Double Bind

"Rock the Boat" print

Double Bind | The Prints | Definitions | Statement | Influences | Process | Plates

Rock the Boat

Photo and print by Gisele Beaupre


Detail Rock the boat top Detail Rock the boat bottom


This is a Screen Collograph print.

Printed on 1" foam mattress (60"x 80") in two sessions, on one piece of foam. It is a monoprint. There is 1 other variation on fabric and 1 print on paper of this image.

This is a cut-plate colour process; the matboard plates are cut apart, inked separately and then two large panels printed together; two plates for the bottom section and two for the top.

Chronologically, Rock the Boat is the third print in the Double Bind series.

Content Summary

  • In the third chapter of this self-directed tale, a new figure (or the bottom half of the first). The new figure is jumping in the boat trying to disturb the equilibrium of the original sitter.

  • A wooden frame surrounds the print and a copper pipe is inserted into the two set-up carpetry horses to hold the frame and to create a see-saw kind of a scenario.

  • This image vascilates between various dualities; of playful and harmful, good or bad, up and down, me and you and so on.

  • Now I see the pun of the see-saw, as a metaphor of being caught up in what the senses see and interpret according to past memories or patterns of thinking.

  • So some sense of equilibrium is seemingly destroyed here yet there is a constancy...the seat of the seer is still undisturbed.

  • The blue water is printed and the rest of the colour is added by painting with acrylic.

  • Yes, this print was a challenge to create. Thankfully, I had an assistant who helped me print all the plates. Her name was Susan Verres, at the time she was a recent graduate from the University of Manitoba.

Created by Gisele Beaupre ©


Doreen Beaupre

Contact: gbeaupre@shaw.ca