Feb 14 – Apr 30, 2017
Opening Reception Tues, Feb 14, 5:30 pm
Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm
“We wake up thinking about it and we go to sleep thinking about it”
Ideas are always with me, clear, jumbled or often fleeting, an easy wandering of the mind. To express what I imagine through printmaking involves an interplay between mind and hand. When pulling the paper off the printing plate what I expected to see isn’t always there! Questions or new inspiration flood my thoughts and the layers for the “print” will be developed. My image making is complete when I feel contented with what I’ve created. With contentment, it’s then that I know I am “home” with myself.
Cutting shapes (stencils) for my assembled abstractions comes naturally to me. The childhood memory of an easy chair, the shape of a favorite dolls dress, a beehive (we had bee’s in our backyard) or a composition of geometric shapes, continues to interest and inspire me. Tools from the kitchen, the sewing room or from the aisles of a favorite hardware store all add to the mark making in my monotypes. For this exhibit, my mother-in-law’s salvaged vintage shirt buttons add dimension and contrast.
Creating and building new compositions with layers, using precision placement, line, texture and color is a stimulating process for me. Each imprint records my creative inquiry.
My work reveals a lifetime of creative exploration and memory. A connection between past and present. Using the monotype printing process with collage and surface embellishment, I am SHAPING STORIES on paper. Color and form inspire my geometric abstractions.
Marilynn Arm, Artist Statement