Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Still Moving...

I'm still in the process of figuring out just where everything from my studio is going now. I haven't been very productive in the ways of art-making, and really need a break. With that, I'm announcing to my readers that I'm going on a bit of a hiatus for the Christmas break, but I'll be back once I make something worth posting about.

Monday, December 12, 2011


My studio is moved out - except for wood shavings and charcoal dust that I need to clean up. I'm in the process of settling my supplies and prints to a couple new locations. One of those is currently my hallway...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Finished Drawing (White Pastel & Charcoal)

That last "re-drawing" in-progress I posted about is done & hanging downstairs in the gradspace now. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Starting a Re-Drawing

I started a drawing but didn't like where it was going, so I erased as much as I could and started to re-draw it...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Finished Drawing (Charcoal on Green Paper)

After hardly touching it for the last couple months, this drawing is finished! It's charcoal on dark green paper.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Wrapping Paper

Change of pace today for something fun. I helped the Markmakers Club at Kendall print Christmas wrapping paper as a club fundraiser. My large blocks & skills at printing rather large rolls of paper came in quite handy. Shown here are one of the 10ft and one of the 15ft rolls that were printed.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Monotype-Drawing

I drew with charcoal on top of the white ink monotype on black paper. I think it just needs a bit touching up before it's done. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I'm so thankful for all of you who take the time to look at my blog and artwork.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Two Mezzotints Proofed

I did a second mezzotint and printed the first proofs of both of them... first separately and then together. Still need some tweaking, but I like them.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Starting New Mezzotint

I forgot my camera today, but thanks to Photo Booth I took a quick shot of the early stage of this new mezzotint - plus my awesome new little intaglio tools.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Exhibit at DeVos Place

Oops, I forgot to take photos.... but I'm part of a juried group MFA exhibit at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids that opened last night.

Here we are on the DeVos Place website.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trading Cards

I used some scraps of my old prints to make artist trading cards with the MFA Club...  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monotype Backgrounds for Drawings

I made two new monotypes with the intention of drawing on top of them... I hope I actually force myself to draw on them this time and stop falling in love with the monotype alone. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Intaglio Proofs

Now that all my thesis work is done, I've been revisiting intaglio techniques. I made two plates with my "noodle" shapes, one is purely aquatint and the other is a sugar lift.

I pulled the first proofs in trial colors. 

Then I tried printed the two together.

I definitely need to work on the plates and adjust the colors... but it's a start. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

One-Color Monotypes

I made these two monotypes with the intention of drawing over them, but now I'm feeling a bit overly cautious because I don't want to obscure too much of the original print.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thesis Exhibit Photos

A few photos from my thesis exhibit... 

... myself with one of my prints...

... and with the lovely Sarah Knill who shared Gallery 114 with me!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thesis Exhibit Video

Again, not a great quality video by any means... but now you can have a look at my thesis exhibit.      

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Short Statement

I've recently been finishing up my thesis artist statement, and thus don't have photos to show... But in the meantime I figured I'd share with you the short version of my statement that I've placed in both my solo and thesis shows. I haven't written much about my art here, so I hope you readers don't mind this change for today's post.  

intertwine – Artist’s Statement

The inherent repetitive aspect of printmaking processes lends naturally to creating the repeated forms in my prints. Due to my great interest in process, it is inevitably intertwined with the form and content of my work.  I have established my own language through the wood blocks that I repeatedly use in my different pieces, as well as my signature ribbon forms that flow through them.

To me, the intertwining ribbon forms symbolize connections. These connections are the visual manifestations I feel between others and myself. They are the literal ties I have to those around me. In the simplest sense, they symbolize connectedness.  My ribbons may appear like DNA strands and tangled masses like cells. In that sense, my forms are visualizing the basic stuff of life – the common denominator in living creatures and the cellular structure that unites us all.

I am comfortable with the various and sometimes contradictory elements of my prints. The control of the orderly geometric shaped blocks is at odds with the lack of control of the organic connecting lines, implying the duality of logic versus the illogical, of the positive versus the negative. It can be said that my work is about a balance within duality. I carefully arrange formal elements like line, shape, and color. This combination of elements creates harmony within the chaos of contradictions.  

Though this balance of opposites may never be solved or reconciled, there is serenity in the balance. Naturally our world does not completely make sense, when seemingly basic fundamental things hold opposite characteristics. Light acts both as a wave and a particle. Our universe is expanding, seemingly so chaotic that we humans cannot yet understand how it is structured.  I am at peace and celebrate that mystery and join in the balance of opposites.

 Alicia Wierschke

Monday, October 31, 2011

Charcoal & Wax

I did some tests with charcoal & wax. It's nearly impossible to erase, so unless I plan very well or come up with new techniques, these few experiments might be as far as I go with these materials combined.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Solo Exhibit Reception Photos & Video

Tonight was the reception for my solo show at the Calvin 106 gallery! It was held in conjunction with the Free Radical event in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Musician Jake Down sang & played for the reception! 

And finally, a (very poorly made) video of the exhibit! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thesis Exhibit Installation

Yesterday and a little bit of today was spent installing & lighting my thesis exhibit. It's finished!

I don't want to give much away yet, so here's a shot from the back of the gallery (featuring the trusty cart full of fabulous hanging supplies).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Drawing Update

I changed this drawing from my original idea & like it much more...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Small Solo Show Sneak Preview

I'm "borrowing" these photos... taken by Miss Jacki Granger while I took the Advanced, Thesis, and Grad printmaking classes for a preview of my solo show. 

Stolen from...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Solo Show - Website

Check it out, my show is now on the Calvin 106 Gallery website!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Drawing Sketches II

I like how both of these drawings/sketches turned out, and think I'm going to work on this look some more...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Drawing Sketches

With all the prep work for the solo & thesis show, I haven't completely forgotten to do some work for my drawing class. I tried a couple different ideas yesterday... here are two of them.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Solo Show Installation Complete!

Yesterday we finished installing the work for my solo show at the Calvin 106 Gallery. Most of the time was spent hanging the three 9ft prints in the windows, besides just a few more prints on the walls. It's very nice having that installed earlier than scheduled, so I feel as if I can breathe just a bit before installing my thesis show.

Also, my postcards for the solo show came in...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Solo Show Installation

Much of yesterday and today was spend installing my solo show at the Calvin 106 Gallery. Much was accomplished, so it looks like a few hours tomorrow & possibly one more day next week should finish off the installation.

I don't want to give anything away yet, but I wanted to share how wonderful it is that all of the work for the show fits into these three boxes:

I should also be getting the postcards for this show in tomorrow, so I'll likely post about that next time.