Senior Printmakers 2020

Senior Printmakers 2020
ARTS 219 - Print Methods: Lithography/Screenprint
Spring semester 2020
 
This semester began as a course in lithography and screenprint and ended as one that stretched our understanding of printmaking by investigating and experimenting with many of print media's inherent qualities. These included: collaboration, repetition, distribution, layering, and accumulation. Students employed tools from cut potatoes to liquid soap, from fingerprints to rubbings to xerox machines and photoshop, to generate imagery in response to the technical and conceptual prompts they were given.
 
We have gathered and worked in both physical and virtual spaces. We have fond ways to make imagery between those spaces, and expanded our understanding of what printmaking can be. In making, we have traversed between traditional and contemporary processes, between what we know or are taught, and what we discover. We have formed connections between one another and are experiencing this unusual moment-- the time between pre and post pandemic-- together.
 
          --Professor Kelsey Miller, printmaker, Wellesley College Class of 2007
 
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Lexi Hawks '20
Wash, Rinse Repeat (select pages pictured)
print with blue spot on the left side, gray wash on the rightprint with blue and pink swirl on left, red dot grid on right
 
Lexi made this book to talk about the banality and frustration of everyday tasks. She used liquid soap and watercolor as her medium in a nod to the ever more constant role that soap, handwashing, and cleaning play in our lives right now. The full book may be viewed here.
 
Routine
 
moving gif showing various different textures in shades of blue
 
Lexi began by taking rubbings from her hands, then layering and manipulating that imagery digitally to arrive at the above GIF. In this piece, she is thinking both about the anxiety of constant cleaning and hand washing, as well as the comfort of her hands as the one tool that remained constant in the transition from school to home studio.
 
In-Between
 
circular print with white, shades of light blue, and black line
 
This piece was a digital collaboration with Suze Barlow '21. The two artists revisited each others' images from prior assignments in the class, and each made a new image by combining each others' work. They then swapped the new images, reworked them, and traded a final time. In this iteration, Lexi physically washed an inkjet print of the image she received from Suze, then assembled those pieces onto a plate to document.
 
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Korina Hernandez '20
Routine
 
a print of bubblewrap, grading from red ink at top left to blue at bottom right
 
Monoprint from bubble wrap.
 
A ___________ in the life
 
black and white chevon pattern printblue and white doubled print of hands making a W gesture
 
Relief prints as part of a book responding to the prompt to create a narrative of a specific span of time. The full book may be viewed here.
 
In-Between
 
print with sunset photo below, blue and white textured print above, black printed tree branches over upper print, white outlined trees over lower
 
This piece was a digital collaboration with Artemesia Luk '21. The two began with images that they then re-worked and (virtually) passed back and forth until arriving at a final iteration.
 
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Robin Siddall '20
No More Productivity
 
open book with black and white photos and text over top
 
Here Robin used the traditional zine format to highlight the pressure of the need to be productive in the midst of this excess of unstructured time. The full zine may be viewed here.
 
Morning Routine
 
linear series of black on white prints of everyday objects
 
 
black on white print of various kitchen utensils
 
Robin made rubbings of the items that mark her morning tasks.
 
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Bella Virgilio '20
Map
 
printed map with green shapes and blue rivers
 
printed map with keyprinted map with hand at left holding it open
 
Made using a potato stamp and paint from the grocery store, this map of nowhere specific shows a new "route" depending on how it is folded and unfolded. Designed to be downloaded and printed double-sided on 8.5x11" paper.
 
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Katie White '20
I Just Flipped a Switch
 
collage of many switches in on and off positions
 
Digital collage in response to a prompt about routine and ritual.
 
Remnants
 
collage of various white and yellow papers, as well as Wellesley commencement invite
 
Collage using notes, poems, and printed memorabilia from Katie's time on campus. The full multi-page PDF may be viewed here.
 
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Bella Virgilio '20 and Katie White '20
Tossed
 
animated gif with red and black crinkle-texture background, three crumpled ball forms  converging towards the center
 
animated gif with white, gray, red crumpled-looking background being overtake by translucent blue and opaque black forms
 
Collaborative GIFs made by Bella and Katie from scans of job applications and resumes.
 
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