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I mainly produce open, but numbered editions, rather than limited editions, for my photographic artwork. There are a small number of my images which are printed as limited editions, but generally I prefer to simply sign and number my prints and print them as required.
Open, but numbered editions, can be adapted in lots of different ways, for example, they can be printed in different sizes and on different substrates. They can be cropped and adjusted as I continue to revise and think about experimenting with them in different ways. This offers more creative freedom to me as the artist, and also offers the buyer more choice in respect that prints can be custom made to requirements, within certain perimeters determined by me. Prints sold numbered and signed, but with no specified restriction in the potential numbers which may be produced, form the bulk of my photographic artwork.
So, before dismissing this as a sign that your print is automatically, therefore, more commonplace, bear in mind that it is likely that, in organising my prints in this way, you will be more likely to end up purchasing a print which has been less, not more, printed. My signed and numbered prints are only produced by me*, and are not printed in large bulk amounts to be sold at a later date...I am not a business venture. I either print them, or get them printed, if they are requested, or not. I can give you a good idea of how many prints have been sold when you purchase one of my photomechanical prints, as I do keep records of them. The reality is that I spend only a tiny proportion of my time producing prints, and sell only a handful each year.
*I do use printing companies as well as my own printing facilities, but I personally check and alter the prints to my own exact specifications, and then sign them when completely happy with the result.
"Yellow Line" Digital Print - Jenny Meehan One of the "Chessington" Series
This is an example from a photographic project orientated on finding beauty in the process of disintegration, and in neglected, and unexpected places. It developed into a comprehensive exploration of textural variation and fuelled my fascination with paint and painted surfaces. Looking backwards, I can appreciate that this early work ultimately provided key inspiration for the painting practice which gradually became my main focus.
River Lavant in Spring (West Dean Estate and Gardens)
Jenny Meehan Digital Print
One of the "West Dean College" Series
"Pushchairs in the Palm House" (Kew Gardens) Digital Print - Jenny Meehan
Particular themes and interests emerge through my photography, and water (in many forms), pattern, and many other natural objects, particularly branches, stems, shoots, and rocks, often feature. The subjects I notice and focus on do subconsciously permeate my being, and often find new expressions in the way I work with paint, even though I don't often seek to represent them pictorially.
This page shows you a small sample of my black and white photographic imagery.
The majority of my focus is now on painting.
Copyright in all images by Jenny Meehan is held by the artist.
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Jenny Meehan's Wordpress Journal...jennymeehan.wordpress.com
"Water in a Copper Bowl" - Jenny Meehan
Taking photographs can be a form of meditation. Also a way to deepen the way I observe light, space and form. This image was taken in a sunlit garden and depicts, in close view, a copper bowl filled with water. I make it my practice to regularly experiment with new materials and techniques as this helps progression in my creative practice. I made the bowl, and experimented with manipulating different types of metal in various ways. This is one photograph in an extensive series where I study light falling on metal.
"Exposure" from the Childhood Series
Alongside my lyrically abstract, romantic expressionist paintings runs another strand of work more intimately linked with my autobiographical narrative. Mediums I favour for this are writing, poetry, drawing and photography. I tend to include this aspect of my work in my online artist's journal.