Uniquely Printed Multiples: The Impossible Task of Monotype Mastery
1 week course || PRINT 657 001 || 1 credit hour || Lab Fee: $50
This course is an exploration and investigation of various approaches to the foundational printmaking process of monotype, with the explicit goal of generating a large quantity of printed works that realize the unlimited potential of a print. Utilizing both press-based, silkscreen, and hand-printing techniques, students will incorporate drawing, painting, stencils, photographic image transfers, and found materials. Production will be paired with critical dialogue concerning content and transformation of prints into book forms, serialized images, and sculptural installations. Study of historic and contemporary approaches to the monotype process include looking at examples of printed works by artists such as Tracey Emin, Alison Saar, Shlomith Haber-Schaim, Milton Avery, and Henri Matisse. Readings to provide framework for discussions include a poetic inquiry by Richard Tuttle and a comprehensive history of the medium - The Monotype: The History of a Pictorial Art by Carla Esposito Hayter. Through experimentation and practice of the variety of techniques covered, students should expect to complete multiple works, or even a series of works, to be presented in-progress at a mid-course critique and a final critique.
Leah Mackin is a visual artist who explores themes of reflection, response, and re-creation. She has received a number of awards, scholarships and honors, including a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency, an Artist’s Book Residency Grant at the Women’s Studio Workshop, both a Fall Residency Award and a LeRoy Neiman Scholarship to attend the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, and a solo show award as a finalist in The Print Center’s 90th Annual Competition. Mackin holds an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Printmaking + Book Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is currently a faculty member at the Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, NY.