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Folded Paper Boat by Florence Alfano McEwin

Paper Boats Portfolio at the Museum of Art, Fort Collins

July 9, 2021

"Paper Boats Portfolio"

Museum of Art Fort Collins
Colorado 201 S. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524

July 9 - August 15, 2021
Opening Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Artists in the Paper Boats Portfolio:

Florence Alfano McEwin, Mary Sherwood Brock, Lise R Drost, Aunna Escobedo, Beth Fein, April Flanders, Sherry Jankiewicz, Gesine Janzen, ...

Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse: A Special Summer Membership "Call for Art"

July 6, 2021

Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative approach to making Art first used by the Surrealists to create bizarre and intuitive writing and drawing. The LA Printmaking membership, both Student and Artist members, are invited to get creative and collaborate in this project this summer!

International Printing Museum
August 4th ...

ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020
ImMigration Project at Self Help GraphicsSaturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PMJoin us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PMFor or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  withPavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele TshabalalaIncluded in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI. This unique collaborative art project will continue to grow and travel. Help us find the next venues! And stay posted on all the news when you follow the ImMigration project on Facebook and Instagram!
The content of my work is inspired by the relevance of cross cultural and historical story and myth and how it is relevant in today’s world. I’m interested in how we rely on these stories to make sense of our lives and the light in which we view the world’s problems. As I research elements that find their way into my work what holds my interest is how they are timeless ideas that are also universal. I aspire to push the boundaries of my medium. Woodcut is a constant element in my work, as I love the carving, feel and expressive quality of the wood. It is a connection to the earth and to the history of communication. Each new block carries forth from the blocks before but something new is added to the story, marking my woodblock figures in the way we tattoo our bodies.
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.

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