My practice of printmaking relies on the intersection with my drawing background, with some computer-based media, and the use of a more recent printmaking technique, solarplate etching, that allows me to combine elements from many different fields. To preserve in my prints the qualities of fine lines in traditional drawings, the liquid properties of watercolor media, and the chiaroscuro nature of a charcoal drawing, is a challenge and a fascination to me. Coming from the world of drawing, the experimental world of printmaking inspires me with the possibilities of exploring the same subject in multiple variations – some dramatic and some more subtle – throughout the creation of the edition. The goal always remains the capture of the fluid atmosphere beyond and within the human; the story behind the picture. My subject is exclusively the human figure; a look at imaginary or everyday personas, our given or chosen roles. From quick gestures to completed entities (sometimes in the form of self-portraits), these figures are attempts to create realistic or surrealistic psychographs of the human.
Matina Marki Tillman was born and raised in Western Greece, and currently resides in Connecticut. She has been a distant member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery since 2010, and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts since 2009. Her culture combined with her university background in Greek Medieval and Modern Literature and Poetry (B. A., University of Ioannina, 1989) have been the source of much of her artistic inspiration. These came together with a lifelong interest in the human figure to inspire a large portion of her artwork. After moving to the United States, a later exposure to college fine arts classes, independent studies, and workshops in the areas of figure drawing, illustration, and printmaking helped to define a new direction of her work.
Relatively new in the printmaking field, she has exhibited her work in several local, national, and international exhibitions since 2007 including the Center for Contemporary Printmaking Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition; the New York Society of Etchers National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints; and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside National Small Print Exhibition.