Can beautiful art be provocative? Can depictions of beloved natural settings make people care about their protection?
As an artist, I am drawn to the macro and microscopic patterns that repeat throughout nature. The forces that shape human life – birth, growth, change, struggle, and death – are all found in the natural world. The branching of rivers mirrors the arteries, veins and capillaries in the human body. The erosion and polishing of topography hint at the human processes of growing, aging and yielding. These patterns speak to something inside us that we know deeply, something beloved.
As an artist and environmentalist, I am concerned with the present and future effects of global warming on our planet. In times past, artists were commissioned to do paintings of important religious topics. Places of worship used stone carvings and later stained glass windows to communicate important stories to the community. Today, art can be enjoyed personally as well as communally. What could be more important than considering our natural world – both its beauty and fragility? My desire is to create work that reminds people daily of their love for their natural surroundings, and their responsibilities for its protection.
About the Printmaking Process:
Each print is created using one linoleum block, where ink is rolled on the block and then printed on cotton rag paper. I begin with a very minimal outline of the subject, allowing the image to develop in the conversation between carving away the block and printing each stage with transparent and opaque layers of color. As the print develops, more linoleum is carved away – or reduced. This process allows me to create a rich two-dimensional exploration of the three-dimensional world.
About the Artist:
I am a Bloomington printmaker working in my home studio on a press my husband built out of recycled steel, and that we later expanded with an Indiana Individual Artist grant. The imagery that inspires me comes from my love of the natural sciences and my many travels — abroad, across the continent, and especially right in my backyard.