The MIAD Senior Thesis opening was fantastic! I got so much great feedback and saw so many friendly faces. I want to thank everyone who came out to support me and If you missed it, there's still plenty of time to see it at MIAD. Every Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm MIAD's galleries will be open to the public until 5pm, May 9.
I talked to hundreds of people at the opening and so many people asked questions about my process, no one believed these pieces were relief prints. Most thought either screen print or digital inkjet print, but the truth is that each individual dot was pressed into a Sintra (plastic) plate with a thumbtack, then inked up with a big roller, ran through a press with paper, and BAM, you have the relief print!
One of my bigger water prints "Sea" was made using a process I've only tried one other time. It starts by inking up the whole plate, then wiping the parts i want to stay white clean with mineral spirits/mineral oil, then run the plate through the press like normal. I can't wait to use this technique in my future prints!
This process was so good for my patience, which is something I find myself lacking more than I'd like. Having to repeatedly press each hole in hopes of creating a clear depiction of something as complex as nature takes a lot of focus and patience. I consider this type of work my way of actively meditating. I have to be so mindful of each dots placement and focus on each moment of subtle highlight and shadow, I've gained a whole new appreciation for the complexity of these elements and have truly learned a ton about printmaking, myself, and my artwork in general.
So it's been a while since the last post, my (sara's) thesis work is due in about a week and Topher has been helping me prepare for the art show in more than one way, so to say the least we've been keeping ourselves busy. I'm very excited to finally release photos of my latest relief prints! Both prints (seen below) are 42"x16" and are currently one of a kinds! If you're around Milwaukee April 17- May 9 head to Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and see the biggest art exhibition in Wisconsin (gallery hours 9am-4pm). Opening reception is April 17, 5-9pm. There will be snacks, drinks, and lots of awesome art! Here's a sneak peak of my work:
Transcending time’s existence,
Slow down, stop, reflect.
My work starts as thoughts inspired by my surroundings. Elements of nature excite me, and the satisfaction of taking in each moment completely is what I live for. In order to fully recreate each moment honest to its reality, each print is created from direct reference and my photography. This process of re-creating the natural world is an exercise of mindfulness, focus, and meditation. Each dot is meticulously placed as it was found in nature, concentrating on what can be seen, and enjoying what is left empty.
Want to see more of my art? Check out my website, located under the "about" tab at the top of this website!
Sara & Topher
We are a working artist couple based out of Austin, TX. This blog chronicles our life and artistic ventures, as we work to make the world and environment a little better every day.