|Printmaking, Drawing & Painting||Location: 270 Quail Drive|
Though primarily a monotype printmaker, I draw and paint as well. Each medium presents different challenges, both technically and conceptually. These challenges allow me to approach and express my vision in distinctive ways – related, yet different in scope. Monotype printmaking demands that a piece be fully realized within a single artmaking session. Painting lets me develop a work over an extended period. Charcoal drawing asks me to examine a world without color.
Whatever the medium, all my work is process driven – each piece evolves as I react to the mark that went before. Nothing is predetermined. My artwork is usually nonobjective, yet firmly rooted in personal experience. Though my artmaking process is unplanned, while working I often contemplate universal themes as well as those mundane moments that define our lives. The resulting work may reflect the essence of those explorations. My longtime practice of figure drawing and history of living in a rural setting sometimes leads to unintentional references to the figure or landscape.
My love of printmaking is based on a gut-level connection to the process. Perfecting printmaking’s technical aspects is interesting to me but more so is the demand printmaking makes upon me to let go of complete control over my artmaking. Ink on printing plates move under the enormous pressure of the printing press. The image is reversed. Layers of inking react with each other in unplanned and unexpected ways. As I pull a print there is always the moment when I hold my breath waiting to see how the print gods have worked their magic.
Whether printmaking, painting or drawing, each session in the studio is an exploration of technique and imagery. For me, the magic of art-making continues unabated.
– Eva Bernstein
Web site: evabernstein.com