ABOUT THE WORK

How do we work with reproducing forms? How do we embrace the imperfection of the moment while thinking we need to pursue the ideal in our mind? How do we look anew at things so familiar to us that they are almost invisible? These are some of the questions I explore in my work.

I make prints and other limited edition items on a Vandercook Universal I letterpress. I have chosen to use antiquated technology in my work not for its nostalgic characteristics, but because now freed from its former utilitarian purpose, it is available for the artistic process of play. For me, that means approaching the letterpress not as the reproducing machine it was designed for, but as a mark-making tool. Instead of making multiples of an intentionally designed form, I manipulate the forms and put the sheet of paper though the press multiple times to see what can happen. Instead of having to “ink the press up” before printing, I apply color directly to the type or plate in the press bed using brayers and brushes. This allows me to print multiple colors at one time, and to change or add to the color palette like a painter.

I try to keep the process as open and fluid as possible. In making prints I first set up a loose framework for working on the press. This framework can be a word, a very short-worded story, a color scheme, a shape, or a few letterforms. The idea is to play within the setup and see what happens, taking advantage of chance and surprise. My way is to have a relationship with my tools and let outcomes emerge from the process of printing. 

 

EXHIBITIONS

POP! THE POWER OF PRINTMAKING, May 20 – July 15, 2017, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, California College of the Arts, GRAPHICALLY OBSERVED, May 18 – June 1, 2017

Abecedarian Gallery, CELEBRATE!, February through April 7 – June 25, 2017, 910 Sante Fe, #101, Denver, CO

Marymount California University, Klaus Center for the Arts, "Text, Type, and Typography", 430 Sixth Street, San Pedro, CA, November 3 – January 18, 2017

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, "Pressing Matters: Printmaking and Artist Books" October 7 – November 13, 2016

MARIN MOCA, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 2016 Summer National Juried Exhibition, June 11 – July 17, 2016, 250 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949

Limner Gallery, NEOTERIC ABSRACT IV, April 14 through May 7, 2016,123 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534

Menlo College, FLATWORLDS, February through May, 2016, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA

Abecedarian Gallery, THE PRINTED PAGE II, February through April 2, 2016, 910 Sante Fe, #101, Denver, CO

AL-MUTANABBI STREET STARTS HERE, January through March 2016, School of Art Gallery, George Mason University, Washington, DC

CHECKERED HISTORY: The Grid in Art & Life, October 2 – October 30, 2015, OUTPOST GALLERY, 1665 Norman Street, Ridgewood, Queens, NY 11385

ONCE: A Juried Members Exhibition, Monotype Guild of New England, September 10 to October 17, 2015, Brickbottom Gallery, One Fitchburg Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Print Houston Biennial of Contemporary prints, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, June 7 – July 5, 2014, 2625 Colquitt Street, Houston, TX

CHARACTER PROFILE, Root Division, June 10 – 27, 2013, San Francisco, CA

AL-MUTANABBI STARTS HERE, Center for Book Arts New York, July 10 – September 21, 2013, New York, NY

FEAST, 23 Sandy Gallery, May 10 – June 14, 2013, Portland, OR

Al-Mutanabbi Starts Here, Books Exhibition, February 1 – April 26, 2013, San Francisco Center for the Book

An Inventory Of Al-Mutanabbi Street, 6 February – 29 July 2013, The John Rylands Library University of Manchester, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH UK

AL-MUTANABBI STARTS HERE, January 7 – June 21, 2013, CAC Gallery at the Cambridge Arts Council, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA

IPCNY - New Prints 2012, University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Center, February 1 to March 9, 2013

IPCNY - International Print Center New York, New Prints 2012 – Autumn, 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY, October 20 to November 17, 2012

MONSTER TRUCK GALLERY INTERNATIONAL PRINT EXHIBIT, Dublin, Ireland, Sponsored by Black Church Print Studio, Dublin, Ireland and Los Angeles Printmaking Society, January 12 – 28, 2012

TYPES OF KARMIC FORMATION - SOLO SHOW, San Francisco Zen Center, September 2-31, 2011, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA

BAY AREA WOMEN ARTISTS, September 2011, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

ALPHABET SOUP, August 2011, juried by Kathy Burch, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

TRIENNIAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION, Pacific Center for the Book Arts, BOOKWORKS 2011, June 18 thru August 7, San Francisco Public Library

The Jouré Museum, The Netherlands, AL-MUTANABBI STREET BROADSIDES, February 19 to March 12, 2011

BAKERS DOZEN 2011 Invitational Show, The Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery, January 22 to February 28, 2011, Forestville, CA

BAY AREA WOMEN ARTISTS, August 2010, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Printmaking & Books Arts Exhibition, June 18–July 31, 2010, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

AL-MUTANABBI STREET BROADSIDES, San Francisco Zen Center, April 2010

PURCHASE :: Lafayette Public Library Art Collection, Lafayette, CA, Bay Area Competition, Nov 2009

BAY AREA WOMEN ARTISTS, August 2009, juried by Donna Seager, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

WORKS WITH PAPER, July 2009, juried by Louise Forbush, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

BIBLIOPHORIA, June to July 2009, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, juried by Donna Seager, Sebastopol, CA

WABI SABI EXHIBITION, June 2009, juried by Dart & Esther Cherk, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

AL-MUTANABBI STREET STARTS HERE, May to July 2008, The Arthur and Mata Jaffee Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library, Boca Raton, FL

SECRETS AND LIES, March – April 2008, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

AL-MUTANABBI STREET BROADSIDES – Iraq: Reframe, Spring 2008, Montalvo Center for the Arts and Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga, CA

AL-MUTANABBI STREET BROADSIDES EXHIBITION, December 2007, St. Helena Public Library, St. Helena, CA

AL-MUTANABBI STREET BROADSIDES EXHIBITION, Fall 2007, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

ART THAT SPEAKS, 2007, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

EFFECTS OF WAR: Altered Lives, Altered Books, Spring 2007, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

ABSTRACT RHYTHMS, Spring 2007, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

OFF THE GRID, 2007, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

THE ART OF THE CARD, October 2006, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR

GROUP DRAWING SHOW, September 2006, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

EXPLORATIONS IN ART AND LANGUAGE, 2006, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

NEW WORK EXHIBITION 1986, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

BOOKWORMS INTERNATIONAL 1986, Erie Arts Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania

TEN-YEAR CELEBRATION EXHIBITION of The Center For Book Arts 1984, New York Public Library, New York, NewYork

 

AWARDS

Graphis Digital Fonts 1996

AIGA Information Graphics: Design of Understanding Exhibit 1996

Society of Typographic Designers Premier Award 1994

ID Annual Design Review 1993

The 100 Show 1993

International Typography Almanac 1993

AIGA Communications Graphics 1993

Type Directors Club 1992

ID Annual Design Review Gold Award 1992

DAAD Best of Typography 1992

The 100 Show 1992

International Typography Almanac 1991

Print Regional Design Annual 1991

Type Directors Club 1991

Creativity 1990

Type Directors Club 1990

Western Art Directors Club 1990

AIGA Communications Graphics 1989

The 100 Show 1989

Society of Publication Designers 1989

Agfa Achievement in Design Award 1989

Western Art Directors Club 1989

Graphics Design USA 1989

Printing Industries of America 1988

AIGA Communication Graphics 1985