October 31 – November 24, 2019, the Washington Printmakers Gallery hosted Humanography: Shifts and Variations by Matina Marki Tillman, direct etchings of her charcoal and pencil drawings on vellum onto Solarplates. These hand-pulled varied editions preserve the traditional qualities of the fine pencil line and the velvety gradation of charcoal, and were created using a light-and-water-sensitive etching process. In this show, Tillman presented depictions and installations of individual, self-as-a-subject, double and multiple portrayals of the human. Focusing on the slight motion (or lack of motion), and the weight of the instant, the artist observed and reported back reflections from our internal journeys shaped by slight shifts and variations.
The exhibition opened with a combination of both “shifts” and “variations” (Thrill of flight I & II), and it unfolded along the main gallery wall with another four arrangements of “shifts.” “Variations” were presented as installations on the back wall and table. The show concluded with a final “shift,” the diptych installation of “Monologue” and “Dialogue” on a small table in the center of the gallery.