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Product Designer, Artist, & Creative Technologist

Printmaking

Wildfire

Wildfire is a series of printmaking artworks that delve into the theme of wildfires of California. Through this expressive medium, I aim to explore and bring awareness to the destructive power and ecological impact of wildfires. Using various printmaking techniques, such as relief printing, etching, or screen printing, I have created these artworks that capture the essence and intensity of wildfires. The process of printmaking allows for intricate details and textures, adding depth and complexity to the visual narrative.

Printmaking Class

2021

Parsons School of Design

Year

  • California Wildfires: Witnessing these events firsthand, or through news coverage, likely sparked a strong emotional reaction – fear, awe, a sense of loss.

  • Expressive Potential of Printmaking: Recognizing how the textures, strong tonal contrasts, and even the physical process of printmaking could reflect the destructive power of fire.

Inspiration & Emotional Response
  • Imagery: collected photos of wildfires, paying attention to flame shapes, smoke patterns, burnt landscapes.

  • Process as Discovery: Johns' iterations (like the "Ale Cans" example) highlight how printmaking facilitates artistic experimentation and unexpected outcomes.

Visual Research & Exploration

​Johns' working across mediums inspires you to think of how my prints might relate to your past abstract pieces, creating a dialogue between styles. I didn't limit myself to one process, using relief, etching, etc., to find the best way to translate my repeated imagery into prints.

  • Repetition as Starting Point: Prior interest in repetitive imagery, which becomes my entry point into this new medium.

  • Abstraction vs. Representation: Acknowledging the internal tension between my previous work and Johns' use of recognizable, yet altered, forms.

  • Tools as Inspiration: The physicality of printmaking techniques (carving, inking, the press) becomes part of my creative exploration.

  • "Happy Accidents": Open to the unexpected results that Johns also embraced, allowing the technical process to guide my imagery somewhat.

Printmaking Process
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