My interest in documentary photography began in Northern Ireland, inspired by my academic research into the politics and culture of that country. I have since expanded my interests to include a broader range of subjects, from landscape to portraiture to more conceptual images. My camera and ‘darkroom’ are digital, although the printing is silver halide on archival paper, as in much traditional 35 mm photography. My photographs have appeared in publications as disparate as Human Rights Dialogue (Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs) and the Lawrence Visitors Guide (Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau). (See resume).
Occupying a different conceptual space are my relief prints, variously composed from woodcuts, linocuts, and letterpress. My initial appreciation of relief printing came from medieval woodcuts and early letterpress printing as well as the relief etchings of William Blake. More recently, I have been inspired by Hatch Show Print and other artists and collectives who combine text and image. I find myself drawn to the intricate labor of these processes, whether carving woodcuts, hand-pulling prints, or running text and images through the Lawrence Art Center's Vandercook press. The process is as compelling to me as the bold visual statements relief printing allows.
Black Cat Press
Black Cat Press is a practical offshoot of my artistic interests. In 1998, I noticed with frustration the lack of images of Lawrence in the greeting card market and so began to make and market my own greeting cards to local independent shops. (Since that time, I’m pleased to report that Lawrence’s greeting card market includes much more local representation, both in terms of subjects and artists.) I have expanded my card subjects to include smaller versions of most of my photographic prints as well as letterpress and relief designs.
The images on the photo cards are produced with the same process as the larger photographic prints, signed, and attached to the cards with acid-free rubber cement and acid-free photo corners.
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