Sunday, April 20, 2008

April Show -- Land and Sea: Monotypes by Jacqui Lewnes

Jacqui Lewnes is already known by many for her bold, gestural, colorful depictions of dogs and cats. In her newest work she widens her range to include fauna both wild and domesticated. The wild creatures come from far and wide, but the domesticated ones may include an animal you know. If you missed Jacqui's opening, it is not too late to see her work--the show remains up until the end of April. At her opening, Jacqui showed us how she creates her images by laying down layers of color with monotypes. With minor assistance from Masterprinter Ray Maseman and our crack team of apprentice press-crankers, Jacqui accomplished the super-human feat of creating a four color image in under 30 minutes:

The first plate is rolled up with orange ink, and Jacqui removes ink in the space that Glo Crow will occupy.

The initial state of the print is pulled from the orange plate.

Jacqui covers the plate with blue ink, and then removes everything except Glo Crow.

Printmaking is a collaborative endeavor. Here, volunteer apprentices from the audience crank the press.

The final print.