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