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Lese Corrigan
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

I approach printmaking as a way to satisfy my graphic leanings, while seeking a path to express the sensation of light, high tide, the smell of pluff mud and the experience of life in my painting. I found relief printing to lend expressiveness to my more abstract images. To synthesize my environment into a motif so simple that it makes your heart sing yet tying life together in a small package that could almost be a icon (where iconic becomes a logo) is my goal. Hokusai's words that "my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life" evokes the dream of creating simply a line and a dot.

Recently I began working with wood as the natural surface for the woodcut allows deep connection to the environment. I like that it incorporates a method that is ancient and led the world to “mass” production, yet it is a totally hands on medium that connects my work to that of artists of local and universal tradition.

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