May 2–26, 2019,
“Acqua-Shui” solo exhibit by
Original prints and paintings celebrating water within the Italian and Chinese cultures.
May 4, Saturday, 2-4pm,
May 18, Saturday, 2-4pm,
Workshop: Gelliplate Monoprint with Pastel Embellishment with Rosemary Cooley. Free!
As a printmaker, I carve wood and linoleum blocks, etch copper in acid, and create lithographs to roll under the press. Peeling the damp handmade paper from the inked matrix is endlessly exciting, as ink is bonded into the fibers of the paper.
Lately, painting has been on my mind, and monoprints are the result. Using brush and brayer to create an image on acrylic or gelatin plates, that “mirror image peel” can produce highly colored, vibrant works where the artist’s hand is evident. I discovered that clear gesso painted onto the dried monoprint leaves a “tooth” or grittiness, which pastel loves to slide over. Many of Edgar Degas’ dancers and bathers had their origin as monoprints before soft caulk was added. He flooded his works with milk to set the powdery color. I use a casein fixative.
In this body of prints, I’ve explored the beauty of water and the importance of preserving its purity. Hydrogen and oxygen’s delicate balance has crept into my psyche during time spent studying and living in Italy and in China: thus the name ”Acqua-Shui’. Think Aqueduct, think Feng Shui (wind and water).
As a process-driven artist, my work grows out of experimental use of varied brushes, plates, papers and inks. Images grow as layers build up from passes in the press, as I remember Tuscan lakes, snowy Dolomites, Shanghai monsoons and their evaporative after-patterns, and blistering heat which breaks the bond that holds water molecules together.
Water is life. It deserves our respect.
Image: Eddies and Flows II, China Ink Painting, 24×42 inches, 2019, detail.