Venice Printmaking: Leaked Prints


I recently spent the month of April in Venice as an artist in residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. I explored several mono printing techniques, including collagraph, embossing and watercolor monotype. 

At the end of the residency, I had an exhibition of my work titled "Leaked Prints." See the press release below. 

Here are a couple of short video clips revealing parts of the process I developed in order to create "Leaked Prints."




"Leaked Prints"

The Scuola Gallery is pleased to present prints and works on paper by current artist in residence Mira O’Brien. 

Headlines announcing leaked albums, data, papers, etc… ask us to imagine content as contained liquid vulnerable to leaks, spills and breaches. Such leaks are therefore inevitable, as no system is fully resistant to the insidiousness of a constant trickle or a changing tide. Rigidity is subject to corrosion and solid forms are unstable in this fluid circumstance.

“Leaked Prints” reveals a process that embraces chance within an entropic system. Contrary to the traditional aim of printmaking to produce multiples, these monotypes cannot be duplicated. Traces of linear forms swim through a murky watercolor architecture, whose geometric forms are embossed and degraded through a process that cannot be reversed.

Reception in the Gallery: Friday, April 22, 6pm
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia
Calle del Cristo 1798, 30121 Venice, Italy




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