Today is Saturday and as every Saturday Maite Rodriguez presents a great artist. Enjoy Chip Wiggin’s Relief printmaking: Courage to Grow Even in Darkness; Distractions; and Artist Block. Have a nice day, Yareah Magazine friends.
“As a young aspiring artist, most of my current work deals with the ideas of Identity. Artists, no matter their medium; music, the written word or art, at time artist go through phases where they try to make personal discoveries, figure out who they are and what makes them unique. My work is no different. In my recent work I have been exploring the ideas of self through the medium of printmaking. In my piece “Artist Block” the idea was similar to writers block for a poet, but for me there are times when it seems I cant come up with any good ideas. So I created this piece about an artist not having an idea for his artwork. “Distractions” was a piece I did talking about those things that kind of pull a creative mind off focus. In the piece I have a character “Brain Slug” who for me represents A.D.D. which I have that makes it more challenging to stay on task with so many distractions around. But then in the lower corner is a heart in a jar, “Heart Plant” which symbolizes the growing passion one could have if you keep encouraging it to grow. This idea is similar to my other piece “Courage to Grow Even in Darkness.” The young Heart Plant is determined to grow even when the surroundings are dark and dismal, and where they seems no hope for survival or success.
“Printmaking has a richness to it, more so for me then painting or drawing. I work primarily in Relief printmaking, which is where I take a material like wood or sintra, and with gouges I carve into the material to create the lines of my image, and Intaglio printmaking where I scratch into a copper or plexiglass surface to get the image. This process is more similar to drawing then Relief printmaking. There is a magic feeling, an exciting moment when I have finished carving an image, after I have rolled it up with ink and run it through the press, the exciting moment when I’m about to look at for print for the first time, anxiety and excitement bundled into one until I see the print and then the feeling of relief when its a good print! That’s why I love printmaking.”
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