I went to a Black Artist of D.C. (BADC) meeting at Howard University. Several artists brought art to be critiqued including painter and collage artist Jamea Richmond-Edwards. BADC is a very dynamic and vibrant group that consist of artists working in a diverse range of media including painting, printaking, textiles and sculpure.
D.C. artist Gomillion brought a laser cutter machine to my studio and demonstrated how it can be used to cut precisely through multiple sheets of paper with a very light touch. It really saves your hands, he said, epecially when you have a lot to cut. I was excited to experiment with it cutting on a paste paper sheet I painted and layering it on top of another. You can make some really dimensional work fairly easily.
What a great day it was.. my first working day in the printmaking studio this summer. I decided to create some monoprints using plexiglas and Akua inks. I wanted to experiment with different textured effects using brushes and both black and color pigment. I worked with a watercolor Akua ink at first.
I see myself as a visual storyteller. My narrative mixed media art explores the interaction of words, symbols, and imagery in my art making. My craving for the tactile keeps me bound in traditional printmaking and painting— however, my interest in new technologies has pushed me to explore digital processes and the marriage of the two.