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Felicia vanBork
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

When I was in Provincetown, in the MFA program at the Fine Arts Work Center, I took a three-hour monotype workshop in the printmaking studio and - and - that was that. I bought the biggest piece of Plexi that would fit on the huge American French Tool press and started making prints. In fused encaustic (a medium I also use), it’s difficult to make graphic lines, hard edges and gradients, but in monotype printmaking, those pictorial elements are part of the basic tool set. And because prints are worked in reverse and with the unpredictable action of pressure on ink, my addiction to chance is still being fed. Unexpected things happen all the time, and I get surprises every time I peel the paper away from the plate. A single print may go through the press more than ten times, so there are lots of opportunities for the Divine to have a go along with me.


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