Artist Exhibit January 4-28: Monotypes by Mary Mayer
January 04, 2016 10:00 am - January 28, 2016 5:00 pm
Second Impressions: Monotypes by Mary Mayer
Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 10, 4-6pm
I was first introduced to monotype printmaking in a Creative Arts Workshop course in New Haven and was immediately hooked. It was love—and frustration—at first sight.
Monotype is a printmaking technique that yields a single, unique impression. While the “unpredictables” that happen in the printing add to the spontaneity and painterly quality of the image, the challenge of giving up total control and embracing the surprises that inevitably occur has made the process as rewarding for me as the final print.
Much of my earlier work is inspired by nature—not literal depictions of specific places, but impressions of the moods and colors around me. My intention is to allow the viewer a space to experience a landscape in a very personal way. As I continue to work in this medium I’ve been drawn to exploring color relationships in a more playful, abstract way through layering of colors, exposing layers beneath the surface, and sometimes adding text. I doubt I’ll ever totally stray from nature’s pull, but this medium encourages trying new approaches so that the process always feels fresh and exciting.
My work has been exhibited at several local venues.