Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Winnipeg VI

My Winnipeg VI is finally finished. I'm happy I finally got there, considering I started working on the drawing in March or April I think, when M. was still super little. I'm happy how the linocut turned out. This is the first time I combine downtown landmarks with some of the Winnipeg neighbourhood imagery typical for my work. Since I've started using some micro carving tools of 1.5mm, I can carve much finer detail which I enjoy a lot. 

Here is an (edited) excerpt from an earlier post about the imagery in the print: Some of my favourite parts of the city are right at its centre where the Red River and the Assiniboine River fork, the extensive walkways in the area and the surrounding landmarks and neighbourhoods that give this city so much of its character. While I've depicted parts of downtown and Saint Boniface in previous prints, I've been meaning to make work that includes the relatively new Museum of Human Rights, the Upper Fort Garry Park, and Union Station. Also depicted are the Fortune Block and The Winnipeg Hotel. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Printing the Linocut

Time for a print reveal sneak peek on a sunny morning in my studio. After some proofing and editing of the printing plate, I've finally started printing (proofs are on the pin board behind me). I pull the inked-up linoleum plate with a sheet of paper through the printing press. Now I need to stretch, dry and curate the prints. And then repeat, repeat, repeat. I'll post an image of the finished print soon.





Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Inking up Linocut Plate

I'm finally inking up my new linocut! For me the most magical moment of printmaking is when the image emerges for the first time in black. I pulled my first proof and I'm content with it, but as expected the plate needs some more work and cleaning up. I'll post an image of the print once it is finished...a bit more patience please!


Sunday, October 18, 2020

New Winnipeg Linocut




It's been a while since I've posted new work. Since M. turned 8 months, I've been able to find some time and energy in the mornings to be in the studio again. I'm still learning to navigate being a mom and an artist. While I feel very busy working again, it also feels great to have some creative time and headspace. I am really grateful to have my studio at home, so I'm available if M. needs me and I don't have much stress with Covid-19 exposure or restrictions. I also absolutely love the heating table in my studio to carve linoleum on, because it softens it just right to make carving easier. 

I've started a new linocut in my Winnipeg series. Some of my favourite parts of city are right at its centre where the Red River and the Assiniboine River fork, the extensive walkways in the area and the surrounding landmarks and neighbourhoods that give this city so much of its character. While I've depicted parts of downtown and Saint Boniface in previous prints, I've been meaning to make work that includes the relatively new Museum of Human rights and the Upper Fort Garry Park. Since moving back to Winnipeg, living on the east side of the Red River has slightly changed my vantage point and I frequent different routes traveling through the city than I used to. I can't wait to proof this plate!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Fields of Light and Stone - Book Cover

Fields of Light and Stone, a poetry collection by Winnipeg writer Angeline Janel Schellenberg, published by the University of Alberta Press, has just been released. The book cover is a detail of a print of mine (Last Embrace). While bookstores are closed and the book launch has been postponed, you can order this book online from McNally Robinson: https://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/9781772125115/a-schellenberg/fields-of-light-stone?blnBKM=1


Saturday, March 28, 2020

11th Triennale Mondiale de l'Estampe

I had a few studio days again for the first time in three months to make five small prints (15cmx15cm) for the 11th Triennale Mondiale de l'Estampe in Chamalières in France. I've been reusing some of the copper plates from my plate library to layer them to make some of my soy prints on a smaller scale. Soy III also includes one layer of a laser cut woodcut and Soy V has a chine-collé layer of a digital satellite print.
It sure is a new experience being in the studio with a baby around, but I'm glad it works (sort of).






Sunday, December 1, 2019

SGCI Conference Portfolio Print






















I just finished a conference portfolio print for SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International) in Puerto Rico next year. I was paired with scientist Brian Lapointe who has researched the increase in algae bloom and Sargassum around Florida and the Caribbean due to increased nutrient run off from over-fertilization on the land (from the Amazon and Mississippi basins) and from sewage. I've brought my own interest in the consequences of industrial agriculture to the table to create a five layer etching and digital print titled 'Eutrophication'. The Sargassum belt reaches an astonishing length of over 8,000km by now. An excess of Sargassum depletes the oxygen in marine habitats killing other marine species and damaging reefs. The land and the sea are connected. (Sargassum photo by Brian Lapointe).