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Susan Plant

Susan Plant

Printmaking: Monoprints & Monotypes

Originally trained as an architect, in the past two decades I have returned to my interest in creating art. I am particularly attracted to printmaking because there is an element of surprise inherent in the printmaking process, which pushes and inspires me to make new discoveries. I enjoy working in monotype and monoprint methods because they lend themselves to the creation of works in a series. Working in a series allows me to use the information left over on the printing plate as a catalyst for the next print. I find it inspiring to respond in an improvisational manner to that layer of information that the press leaves behind on the plate.

Most of the images in my work are my interpretations of natural objects, landscapes, and patterns. My work tends to have a delicate, subtle quality, and often combines drypoint or lithographic lines with washes and shapes of color from relief and monotype plates. Layering is central to my processes in all mediums as it creates opportunities for me to respond both spontaneously and studiously to the fresh juxtapositions that emerge from combining layers. I am most interested in the tension that arises during the process of creating a piece of work. It could be called a tension between improvisation and planning, or between spontaneity and measured intention.

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