This print comes from a body of work exploring the space between decoration and diagram. Visually influenced by architectural design, cartography and textile traditions the project experimentally fuses minor historical narratives with abstract imagery. The Incunabula
, a scholarly term for printed material produced between the publication of Guttenberg’s bible in 1454 and the year 1500, was the historical inspiration behind this piece. Loosely covering the core years of the Renaissance, these publications map out the shift from manuscript culture to print culture in early modern Europe. The explosion in printed texts which they bear witness to was accompanied by an unprecedented increase in printed imagery (woodcuts, engravings and etchings). Trendall says of the work, “As a printmaker I’ve long been drawn to this particular historical episode simply because of its resonances with my own practice. Making a work in response to it seemed a little specialist - but once finished I liked it.” The Aldine Press
is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.