As a printmaker and book artist, and as an antidote to digital overload, I gravitate towards abstract patterns found in nature and the expressive gesture of line in drawing and handwriting.
Fragments of my trace drawings, brushstrokes, and handwriting have always appeared in my monotypes as a mapping of time, memory and place. When I learned the technique of paper lithography it seemed fitting to bring my grandmother’s distinguished, cursive handwriting from her letters into my prints. She taught penmanship in middle school and was an artist.
I continue to include handwriting from letters, notes, recipes of family and friends in my monotypes. The defining scribbles and cursive loops reveal unique personalities and link a connective strand to my past. I am interested in what new images and conversations unfold as I alter and imprint my drawings on them. Abstractions, and layers in the resulting monotypes obscure the initial legibility and meaning of our words, leaving a liminal hieroglyph between the familiar and the unknown.
Art is a guaranty of sanity.
- Louise Bourgeois