Black & white print derived from drawing
'Family Album Hieroglyphics'
When I first became involved with printmaking, I was
totally involved with my young children. Our family took
many trips in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. We
hiked through the canyon lands and visited many unusual
rock formations, Indian cliff dwellings, pueblos, and
petroglyphs. The impact of these primitive sites and
textural landscapes with their intense colors played a
major role in the development of my artwork.
At the time, there was a direct relationship between the
primitive "stick figures" my children were drawing and
the petroglyphs and landscape textures I was
The symbiosis of these two elements formed the basis for
the 'Family Album Hieroglyphic' series. I have always
had a fascination with other primitive art forms such as
Egyptian hieroglyphics and Indian petroglyphs and liked
the symbolism and story telling involved.
The intense emotions evoked in the children's artwork
validated many family and cultural issues that are
commonplace to everyone. Fears, friendship, loneliness,
ethnic and gender issues, strife, pets, holidays,
sports, and celestial configurations were captured in
the simple, yet complex renderings. By combining the
primitive drawn images and the textural photographic
backgrounds, I created images that tell multiple stories
with a sense of depth and compassion.
My process involved using my children's artwork which I
modified and transferred to mylar. In addition, I
collaged large photographic film positives of rocks,
petroglyphs, cliff dwellings, and other textures. These
transparent images were exposed onto zinc plates, and
then etched. Some of the plates were then cut into
shapes. Illustration board plates (cut into multiple
corresponding pieces like a puzzle) were used to create
the multiple background colors by relief roll. All were
printed on an etching press, using Arches paper. Edition
sizes vary from 1 – 10. Some images are monoprints and
contain collagraph and relief imagery as well.
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