Upon first glance, the viewer feels intimately involved with this series of prints. The elements in the prints appear as if they can be picked off the paper and kept as souvenirs. With time, the viewer realizes that the intertwined colors and shapes are "one continuous surface". They overlap, nestle with, and repel one another, resulting in compositions filled with quiet tensions and energetic density. We find ourselves wondering how the print was made, pondering the immensity of the artist's imagination, and delighting in discovering new elements.
The monoprints were composed on the press bed, balancing intensive problem-solving and intuitive decision-making. "Each monoprint is a product of piles of interlaced inked stencils, etching plates and other assorted overlapping, puzzle-like components laid in layers upon the surface of the paper". After almost an hour of arranging elements, running the print through the press is a climatic event, building excitement for the final pull. At last, the print is resolved when Sue and Diane pull hundreds of vellum elements off the paper to reveal thoughtful color relationships, intertwined patterns, balanced compositional design.
Solar plates, oil stencils, and watercolor vellums are arranged on the press bed to overlap and weave
A handful of the Meta Mixaphors series, in combination with paintings and installation will be Diane's contribution to SPACE Gallery's Nature's Line's exhibition, which runs June 18-July 25 in Denver's Santa Fe Arts District.The artist reception is Thursday, June 18th from 5-8 pm. Nature's Line includes work by John Wood, Karen Sharer, Ian Mclaughlin, Taiko Chandler, Carlene Frances, Miguel Edwards, and Laura Wait.
25 x 44 inches