Consider, for instance, “Cream Glazed Pot,” “Lamp and Pines,” “Still Life Ingredients” and, perhaps, “Big Sausage.”
Note the flecks on the portion of the image representing the background paper in “Cream Glazed Pot.” At one point, it became fashionable for artists to make their prints on hand-made paper with visible variations in color and texture. Caulfield humorously mocked the trend by simply printing his own “imperfections.”
Likewise, when prints were attacked as a lesser form of art because they hadn’t experienced the “hand of the artist” (the printer intervened), some artists responded by adding distinctive, hand-colored elements to each print in a particular edition. Caulfield’s response was to hand-smear the inks used to depict a silk lampshade – once fashionable, now perhaps evocatively garish -- in “Lamp and Pines,” making each print different, but not obviously so. To turn Andy Warhol on his head, different, but the same.
What about “Still Life Ingredients,” a print like “White Pot” (of the same series) that represents the phase of greater complexity in Caulfield’s work on paper? What one has here are the ingredients of a meal comprising as well the elements of a still live – objects simultaneously fulfilling two roles. Conflating the title amusingly brings this out.