Letterpress

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Edition of 5 - 15 each
Over the past ten years, I have been consistently creating abstract prints that create visual poetics, incorporating fragments of language with abstract shapes. The compositions rely on the tools that I have collected. I consider the acquisition and the curation of printing plates as a part of my work. Visually, I look for printing plates that are abstract and can be used to create dynamic compositions full of movement. Letterpress printing is usually a very rigid process that relies on straight lines. I have continually created prints that challenge existing conventions of the medium. I am also intrigued by the history of the objects that I work with. I print with plates that were used to print documents, tables, maps, and other official records and subvert their usage, literally turning them on the head.

Many compositions rely on the presence of a circle as a declaration and punctuation. More than an aesthetic device, the red circle becomes a measure of time as it relates to menstruation. It is a reoccurring presence that complements various compositions and narratives. I was particularly drawn to the circle as the shape relates to my body. The circle becomes shorthand for the changes in my body, whether a dermoid intracranial cyst or an ova (egg cell) traveling across the compositions. Printing accompanies me through my life experiences, as an artist and a woman.

2010 - present