The use of found objects, color, texture and pattern form the underlying basis of each composition to evoke image and shape. In the Monotypes I am able to create depth through the interaction between the density and transparency of color. Shapes float on the surface or recede into the background when line, shape, texture and pattern are juxtaposed against color. Layers, overprinting of shapes and textures dictate the direction of these one of a kind prints.
I taught high school level art for 38 years. As a teacher, I felt it was important to not only expose my students to a wide array of media and techniques but worldwide cultural values and expressions as well.
Over the years, these aspects of my teaching have come to influence and inform my own work; be it design, painting, three dimensional constructions or ceramic sculptures. I feel arts’ essence lies in the making, not necessarily the object.
My past work explored Assemblages, an interesting adventure that incorporated found objects with mixed media techniques creating works that were essentially three-dimensional portraits of friends and loved ones. Most recently Monotype has made a resurgence in my artistic practice. It’s interesting to me that similar creative expressions can be achieved through these two very different artistic processes.
Both use found objects, color, texture and pattern to form the underlying basis of each composition to evoke image and shape. The assemblages are the three-dimensional manifestation of this expression; the Monotypes take that expression to the next level.
In the Monotypes I am able to create depth through the interaction between density and transparency of color. Shapes float on the surface or recede into the background when line, shape texture and pattern are juxtaposed against color. In some pieces, the layering and overprinting of shapes and textures sometimes portrays an individual narrative while others allow the shapes themselves to dictate the direction and theme. There is always a certain unpredictability in making Monotypes which is exciting to me, you never know what the print will look like until you pull the paper from the plate.