Upcycled Material Collagraph Prints

Waste pollution is one of the most pressing challenges we face globally.  I feel passionately that our best potential for confronting this enormous environmental issue is through creative, outside-of-the-box problem solving and engagement.   In my collagraph print work, I utilize discarded and household material in order to give the material another life and purpose, to keep it out of landfills and the ocean, and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.  Collagraph printing allows me to explore everyday items, such as plastic bags, tin foil, sand paper, tape, and fabric, and to employ their textural qualities through the process of printing.  My trash-sketchbook work complements my collagraph printmaking process through continued exploration and excavation of the material potentials of 'trash'.

Rust and Lace Metal Plate Etchings

 I am perpetually intrigued by the ways in which individuals integrate into their sense of self the innate portions of their identity which they cannot control and did not choose. In the way that we inhabit buildings and cities built by others, it seems that most of what we do is to navigate structures we did not design. I explore this subject in my work by combining architectural imagery with the printing of metal plates which I have either imprinted with lace or rusted with acid. Rust is a time-bound biological process that naturally creates color, form, and texture. I utilize rust to represent the nature-based parts of ourselves: the immeasurable quantity of biological processes which continuously construct and reshape our reality outside of our personal control, choice, or even knowledge. In lace I observe the intricacies of a manmade pattern that is passed down through generations. Upon a second glance I perceive its delicately interwoven strands as if they are actually DNA formations viewed through a microscope. In my prints, I invite lace to engage the questions of inherited social values and cultural structures. In my mosaic-ed compositions of rust and lace, I create a space for contemplation on how we, as individuals, build our unique identities within realities which are overwhelmingly not our own.