The printed works below explore the relationship with new technologies and traditional printmaking practices. Each lithograph begins as a digital drawing, developed on my ipad Pro, using inexpensive or free apps. The drawings mimic traditional lithographic marks and textures, difficult to achieve on the photographic litho plates I print from. After the drawings are made into transparencies, a photo positive plate is created of the image, and that is then printed by hand on a litho press. This circle of technologies greatly interests me as an artist and I am excited by the opportunities that these processes present.
I grew up with an intense sense of being Other. I had no context within which to frame the feelings I had about my identity and body. Today, I am fortunate to inherit a level of visibility and understanding not extended to those who came before me. However, though not always visible, Trans people have always existed and there is a rich history coming to light regarding our identities and our place in the timeline of humanity. These works are part of a project for which I am reimagining each of the drawings included in the book The Drawings of Francois Boucher by Alastair Laing. My graphic works infuse trans bodies throughout each of the original compositions drawn by Boucher whose imagination and command of draftsmanship has greatly influenced me throughout my career. I see this project as an opportunity to create a new visual history for myself that does not seem out of context from the romantic, religious, and magical environments prevalent in works from the Rococo period.
Drawings, Mixed Media, and Watercolours
Hand Pulled Lithographs Prints 2017 -
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