Rainer M. Doecke is a visual artist based in Brisbane, Australia.

Rainer's practice revolves around printmaking, where reproducibility can be harnessed to investigate the way complex patterns can utilise order and chaos to create visual harmony.

GRAIN (BLUE)
2020 Four colour abrasion reduction woodcut print on magnani incisioni 310gsm, edition of 2, 100x70cm
TETRAHEX
2020 Abrasion reduction woodcut print on magnani 310 gsm, adhesive and assembly, unique state print, 104x64x5cm
Ligneous: The Ekka
2019 Colour woodblock print on BFK Rives 250gsm, ed 1/1, 76x56cm
Ligneous: Smokey rolls down thunder canyon
2019 Colour woodblock print on BFK Rives 250gsm, ed 1/1, 76x56cm
Ligneous: Eucalypt Sclerophyll
2019 Colour woodblock print on BFK Rives 250gsm, ed 1/1, 76x56cm
Ligneous
2019 Colour woodblock print on magnani 310 gsm, artists proof/ edition of 25, 30x30cm
Ligneous II
2019 Colour woodblock print on magnani 310 gsm, ed 1/1, 30x30cm

I’m interested in the human connection to timber, and how it is valued for its aesthetic properties.

The woodcut block is conventionally carved with chisels, knives and gouges, but my blocks are created through fire and abrasion, which allows me to capture the unique patterns within the timber in my prints.

The growth of organisms is determined by certain laws of nature. The way a tree grows and the way its timber is formed is directly influenced by these laws and factors such as climate, rainfall and soil properties. The printed impressions created by the woodblock matrix allude to this natural order.

I am interested in how the woodgrain can be read as a type of language. In my work, I allow the natural properties of the grain to inform the image where it becomes removed and abstracted from its matrix with colours and layers. Yet, as an ancient language, it gives decipherable clues to its origin and a wealth of visual metaphors.

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R. M. Doecke
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