Monday, June 30, 2014

exhibitng in
LOOK AGAIN: ACM Collection Inspires The Boston Printmakers
 exhibition dates | May 17 - September 6, 2015
opening reception | Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 1:30 - 3:30pm 

Duxbury, MA 

Members of The Boston Printmakers, myself included, are working exclusively with The Art Complex Museum(ACM) on the regenerative exhibition, LOOK AGAIN: ACM Collection inspires The Boston Printmakers, that includes prints from Hiroshige, Hopper, Whistler, Rembrandt, Dürer, Tiepolo, Leighton, Kollwitz and our founder, Türe Bengtz

For this collaborative exhibition, ACM’s contemporary curator, Craig Bloodgood, and collections manager, Maureen Wengler, selected 42 works from their collection for response pieces to be created by members of The Boston Printmakers. 

I chose Kenneth Kerslake’s, A Sense of Place, a photo etching and aquatint that he created in 1977. Below are several statements from Kerslake that greatly inspired and influenced the process for creating my print, MY FOUNDATION IS SET IN STONE. 

Statements from Kenneth Kerslake:

“Printmakers do what all artists do: create images that reflect their world, project their values and interest in the human condition, and imaginatively explore their visions.”

“In printmaking, the materials promote “process” or the development of a thought or feeling as it is challenged by the materials itself.”

“The prime responsibility of the artist is to transform the ordinary, to endow it with the emotion and visual content – to create an image capable of touching other minds and hearts.”

The Process 
I discovered that the The Brooklyn Museum has an artist proof of Kerslake's print, A Sense of Place (shown below), in their print collection. In October 2013 I arranged a viewing appointment with Alison Karasyk, Curatorial Assistant in American And Decorative Arts, and was brought into the museum's Print Study Center to see the actual print.

Alison Karasyk, Curatorial Assistant in American And Decorative Arts in the museum's Print Study Center, removing the print's protective glassine sheet
Inspiration photo of DUMBO/York Street for drypoint etching that is chine collé'd to the center of, My Foundation is Set In Stone.
Detail of carving bridge for the DUMBO plate using the scribe, a tradional etching tool.
All printing plates are created and printed in reverse.
Finished print.
The Japanese dye, Kakishibu, is brushed onto 42"h x 30"w sheets of 300 grams BFK Rives for the embossed border print. The dye becomes darker when exposed to the hot sun. Dried plants are laid on top of the paper to block the sun, creating subtile patterns on the paper.
 Analine dyes are then poured onto the paper and the excess is rinsed off with water.
The finished sheet after being dried and ready to be printed with the embossing plate.
 Inked embossing plate set up on the press.
 Additional artist proofs of print(s):

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Crane Arts Building
1400 N. American Building
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, June 14 + Sunday, June 15, 2014
Additional ticketed preview on Friday, June 13, 5:30 - 9 pm

I will be presenting covered boxed and handbound artist books at INLIQUID art + design's fabulous annual block party-style event, Art For The Cash Poor (AFTCP). Created specifically for the event, all pieces are one-of-a-kind.

None of the boxes are pre-fabricated; all the structures are handmade. Using the Japanese decorative paper methods, Itajime Shibori and Suminagashi, I hand dyed kozo and gampi papers to cover the boxes and books. I then selected pre-existing watercolors or prints from my archives, artworks that are not castoffs but haven’t any specific uses, to complete the final pieces.

12" square + 11" square boxes covered with watercolors of spring trillium
15" square box covered with watercolor of cone flowers and inside view of text print
 12" square box covered with print and inside view of text print
  20" square box covered with watercolor of Longhorn bull and inside view of text print
15" x 9" box covered with watercolor of Night Owl and inside view of text print
14" x 6" box covered with text print and view of inside text print 
 11" x 7" landscape hand-bound blank-page book covered with watercolor of lilies + inside front page showing 
 blind embossing and dyed decorative paper
13.25" x 12"  hand-bound blank-page book covered with watercolor of red leaf lettuce + inside front page showing blind embossing and dyed decorative paper