Nancy Childs

Nancy Childs

Each of my mono-prints is one of a kind. Each piece of paper is individually hand pulled. I use cotton linter #29, which is the short cotton fiber, close to the seed. This makes a soft, thick, flexible sheet of paper. As opposed to the thinner, stronger paper that is made from the long cotton fiber – cotton rag. I do not do traditional printmaking. It might be more accurate to say that I paint with color and texture using a combination of printing plates. The majority of my plates are cut linoleum. I find deep pleasure in the process of cutting the plate because each cut mark is revealed in the finished print as it pops forward. By using relief plates on hand made paper, run through an etching press, I get the transfer of the inked image and each cut mark is deeply embossed. I use several other types of techniques to make plates. I draw on mahogany plywood with a wood router. I use duct tape on sheets of acrylic. Heavy paper on textured mat board. A wood-burning tool on sheets of PVC plastic. I build up layers of color and texture to create a sense of complexity that mirrors the many facets of a person’s personality and try to compose these textures to create sense of harmony. The layers also reference personal history. Because the paper holds the memory of each layer (this is called palimpsest) the textured layers and shapes reflect a life of multiple experiences. Each experience marking our soul and creating our personhood. I believe that each work of art an artist produces is a self-portrait – a reflection of choices made from personal experience.

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