January 14 - 28, 2024
Rolling River Printmakers Presents:
FORMED BY IMPRESSION
January 14, 2024
The Rolling River Printmakers
Andrea Maginnis graduated from Lesley University, College of Art and Design. She has worked professionally as a designer, illustrator, animator and front-end developer for various creative agencies over the past 30+ years. Recently, she decided to resign from her long-time career as Creative Director to focus on her artist life. She has returned to her love of linocut printing. The focus of these images is to simplify the image while also using patterns in a whimsical way to tell the image story.
I am a representational painter and printmaker exploring the intersection of edges and light. My monotypes are often quite painterly, and blend printmaking methods such as viscosity, dry point, relief printing, and collaged elements from each of these approaches.I like to push the viewer to see parts of a whole which emphasize different aspects of an object or a place.My ideas start from seeing something that is arresting, trying to distill that experience into two dimensions, and then expressing it from different points of view, using multiple methods. I like complexity, and layers, but I aim for the simplest way to express that and still push the materials and the method.
Bookmark of Days revisits a location that holds a duality of being anywhere and nowhere in particular at once.Like mementos from your travels and snapshots from your favorite window view, these small vista monotypes evoke a feeling of intimate space that retains a sense of landscape expansion beyond the frame.
The process includes hand rubbed transfer of pigments from an inked up gelatin plate and repeating the process multiple times with thin layers developed over time.
A small monotype such as this can take hrs to days develop.The practice can be meditative and some of the spontaneous unplanned gestures that result after a pull are worth the effort.
As a printmaker, I love black. It can be warm or cool but it is always so luscious and beautiful in a print. Color scares me so I play with ways to overcome my fears. This fall I have been using multiple woodblocks to layer colors and see how they interact. I like to watch how the ink color changes when it gets overlayed with the previous block.
Diane T. Francis
Diane T. Francis is an artist/educator. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Master's of Art Education. "My training is in sculpture but not having a welder or kiln made me change my focus | now work more in 2D, painting, mixed media, drawing and printmaking. As for printmaking love them all but woodblock is my favorite. love carving the wood it reminds me of sculpting". "My love for architecture serves as a guiding muse, inspiring me to explore the city's angles and shapes, revealing their beauty from unique perspectives. Through this synergy of carving and architectural exploration, my prints aim to evoke a deeper connection between the viewer and the urban tapestry of Boston." She is a master artist member of Newburyport Art Association. Diane has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and her work is in many private collections..
Much of my childhood was spent belly-flat to the well-worn wooden-planked docks of Friday Harbor, WA. From this vantage point, I observed billowing seaweed, spiky urchins, darting shrimp, scuttling crabs, and nubby barnacles. My lips tasted of salt; my ears filled with the sounds of boat engines and pilings creaking; my nose inhaled scents of varnish and dieselgasoline. Decades later I am still in awe of these dynamic images, textures, shapes, and patterns; working them into the tapestry of my artwork.
These sense memories intertwine with my studies of Jungian psychology, dream interpretation, mythology, symbolism, folktales, and folklore. Jungian archetypes and the unconscious language of symbols are woven into my collagraph plates, linocuts, jewelry, and collages. I create my own personal myth through the symbols I carve from linoleum blocks or cut from matboard. I embellish the collagraph plates with carborundum powders, embossed papers, leaves, and flowers; creating stories through tones and textures.
Nature, imagination, and dreamworlds were places of escape for me as a child. My art represents a careful reconsideration of how chaos can be transformed through creative agency, an agency I lacked as a child but have since reclaimed. The layered details and symbolic meanings of my completed works represent my ongoing journey.