On being sensitive and careful with printing my plate:
Tape spoke to me one on one in the studio. He noticed I was struggling with printing, and perhaps he also noticed the way I drew in a rather controlled manner. He told me to be free when I am drawing, and to be more sensitive to the plate.
He showed me his copper plate. and continued to speak about his good friend, well loved artist based in Jogja, S Tedy D, who had passed away two weeks ago.
He said that Tedy inspired him a lot in his work. In his last series of works, he would draw purely self portraits and towards the end, several canvases were left unfinished or blank. In the unfinished works, Tedy made strong line drawings, perhaps waiting to be completed, or purposefully made.
With this as an analogy, Tape continued.
'Tedy taught me 3 things.
1. Every line is life. '
As he continued to speak, the door to the workshop slowly closed, so I raised my hand out to stop it, but I was stopped by Tape. He pulled my hand away and told me to hush, "Shhhhhh...."
There was no wind, no breeze, and we did not turn the fan on.
'2. The winds are different. '
He elaborated and I had to ask him what point 3 was.
'3. Colour is not the same.'
It was peaceful.
We looked out from the studio from where we were standing. Maybe we were staring into space, but I was thinking about Tedy and about what he told Tape, and thought about how I have failed to see the 3 points that had been said.
Tape then turned to me after a long period of silence, and said , 'Why are you so quiet?'
And I stared back at him, holding back my tears as I shook my head and smiled.