Primary Medium Printmaking
Secondary MediumMixed Media
Description of Work Primarily Graphic Color Monoprints
Company/Business Sewn to the Sea
Artist Statement (Regarding my current work:) I have always had two different artistic personas inside of me. One of those loves Realism and tends toward the use of intentional line and value, and the other is drawn to Expression that relies on the purity and interplay of color, shape and a freer use of line. In this recent body of work, I have been able to explore all of these impulses through the use of the modern printmaking technique of Gelli Plate Monoprinting. I had always thought that “true” prints needed to employ printing ink, until I began to experiment with using acrylic paints on Gelli plates. To create these Monoprints, I employed masking techniques, my own handmade stencils, and various methods of paint application on the plates. I transferred the “images” onto quality papers using a baren, (all by hand), in a multilayer process. I quickly learned how I could achieve transparent layering effects and still have bold and fantastic colors, with a remarkably short drying time in between the layers. I have fallen in love with the graphic and “screen printed” quality that can be achieved with this unique method of nonpress printing. The beauty and hardship of the Monoprint, is that you have only “one shot” (even in a multilayer process), because there is no way to “backup” or erase. And due to all of the steps and variables, the designs cannot be completely replicated. I love exploring ways of combining careful planning with experimentation, juxtaposing freer, more organic shapes and marks with geometric shapes and lines. The different techniques and processes I am using allow me to indulge multiple facets of my artistic sensibilities, and hopefully, the resulting interplay between the pieces and the viewer create a unique and enjoyable visual experience.
- Craft Teaching
- Printmaking, drawing, mixed media, etc.