Sylvia Simmons

"Art" doesn't literally speak, but instead it can be "a way" of communicating with color, texture, sound and shape. In my artwork, I am careful to remember movement, joy, and mystery, to make viewers feel happy and think about the meaning of my art.  I think that expressing how you enjoyed creating is one of the biggest keys to making artwork successful.Each technique of Printmaking has its own distinct character:Silkscreen is a great technique for detailed graphic lines.Etching techniques make pen-drawing prints and different shades or tones.Lithography is a perfect technique to print exactly how you draw.Monotype is a fun technique to create unique prints with brush strokes.My goal is to create prints that have many unique "flavors" within each edition, so viewers can choose the style that fits their tastes.
In creating my collagraph prints, I utilize experiences available to me with a diverse array of materials and techniques to create a visual feast. I draw inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific, the rolling vineyards of France, the patches of tulip farms in Holland, from the intensity and colors of India, and the urban and suburban landscapes of California. These impressions are combined on my inked plates with handmade papers collected from Japan, France, India, Nepal and Thailand. I cut, scratch, adhere, mold and manipulate materials onto my plates without conventional limitations. By producing prints using everyday mundane materials, I am placing my work in an entirely new context, with the goal of challenging and changing the viewer’s perceptions. In an age of extremes, wealth and poverty, peace and discord, technology and ecology, my art strives for a universal landscape of harmony, blending cultural decorative motifs, color, texture and pattern.
Inés Monguió is a creative artist actively showing in Ventura, CA. as a member of several artist groups that explore both printmaking and painting.
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