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Print Series: Double Bind

"Sea Breeze" print

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

Sea Breeze with copper frame

Photo and print by Gisele Beaupre©

Chronologically the first print in the series Double Bind.

Another view:

Sea Breeze presented hanging above a crate full of water. I accidentally punctured the plastic before t
he opening and lost all the water!!!


  • This is a Screen Collograph print.

  • Printed on a double-size cotton bed sheet (60"x 80") in 4 parts and then sewn together.

  • Black color: black Intaglio ink.

  • Blue color: a cyannotype process.

  • Yellow color: acrylic paint was sliptrailed onto the plate surface and the printed surface.

  • borders were machine sewn with tabs and metal half circles to hold the yellow plastic cord.

  • The sparkly material on the border was donated by my mother and has a shimmer to it suggesting water as well as metal.

  • The yellow cord ties everything together onto the copper framework, suggesting nautical codes.


  • A single entity is sitting in a boat which is floating along peacefully. A euphoric state is implied and produced by pleasure, meditation, restfullness and memory.

  • The hot sun is above: suggested by the cyannotype process which is used to create the blue color of the water. Once exposed to sunlight, the fabric is rinsed with water, revealing a beautiful indigo blue colour.

  • The print itself is stretched onto the frame reminisent of stretched hide.

  • The copper pipes are referencing the Intaglio process - traditionally Intaglio is done in the form of etching on copper plates.

  • The reference to the copper plumbing has connotations with basic human processes and needs, modern ammenities, as well as witnessing the flow of life.

Other Details

  • Some have suggested the boat form is like an eye, or a leaf, which are both indications of being part of something larger than one's Self.

  • Pictorally there is also a sense of confusion because there is no whole body represented: it is seen more as a memory, or an abstraction.

  • The audience is actually being invited to participate in the process by picturing how I created it, observing the codes and metaphors and by identifying oneself as me; the creator within.

  • My objective was to compress, collide and unify the trinity of the observer, observed and observing into a state of silent, internal awareness within the observer.

  • A narrative is implied, as if something is about to happen.

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Doreen Beaupre

Contact: gbeaupre@shaw.ca