[112306 DEC 15 #misprintstate]

“Mosul, Iraq. February 26, 2014 [112306 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015. Inkjet monoprint on film, 16 x 21 inches.
“Mosul, Iraq. February 26, 2014 [112306 DEC 15 #misprintstate],” 2015. Inkjet monoprint on film, 16 x 21 inches.
Source image: Mosul, Iraq. February 26, 2014.

I’ve added “state” to the title of my Misprint to indicate and document the different changes each print is going through. The term is used in printmaking to mark any given stage of the plate before it is reworked.

Another term that has crept in my process is “matrix”, which for printmakers, it means the substrate – the plate or woodblock that produces multiple prints. However, in Misprint, this relationship is somewhat oblique and inverted. The inkjet printer which is capable of producing repeatable, predictable multiple prints is now functioning to produce one print.

Here, I would conflate printmaking “matrix” with U.S. Military use of the term “matrix” which has to do with an “area”, the name of the place, action and time, but above all there is “no prescribed format” in what is expected to occur.

A side note about the title format, specifically between the two brackets, it follows the “date-time group” at which the message was prepared for Misprint.

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Paul Qaysi is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Contact directly at studio@paulqaysi.com.