Syzygy: A Union of Opposites

My solo exhibition Syzygy: A Union of Opposites is now open for viewing in the Threshold Gallery at Highpoint Center For Printmaking and runs until September 29th! Please join me at the reception on Friday, July 19th from 6:30-9pm. For one night only, the work will receive a 20% discount. There will be food and drink, and also coincide with the opening reception of Hot Off The Press: The 35th Cooperative Exhibition. I always see openings as a chance to engage with the viewer directly and get into some interesting discussions, so it should be a good time.

My current work is propelled by my ongoing interest in psychoanalysis and the figure, while experimenting with methods that are new to me. Syzygy (si-zuh-jee) showcases my work focusing on the union of opposing forces and ideas in the context of theories surrounding identity. Specifically, my visual research focuses on spaces that exist within the psyche and the unconscious, while using the body, mark-making and environment as a visualization of those spaces.

This exhibition was a lot of work (it always is…) but there are almost 20 pieces, all created from October 2018 to June 2019: monotypes, screenprints, and digital inkjet-screenprint hybrids. It all started with a residency/visiting artist gig at MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) I received last October, part of their Monothon 2018 event (thanks again guys!). It was so incredible for many reasons but it was also when I began to experiment with toner wash drawings used as positives for screenprinting.

Toner drawing for Coexist
Toner drawing on mylar for Coexist

Toner is commonly used in laserjet printing both commercially and at the home office. In printmaking, toner is often used in paper lithography (Xerox lithography) and in toner transfers. As a drawing medium for positives, it is primarily used in traditional lithography and photolithography but can also be used in other printmaking techniques such as intaglio. I am not the first to experiment with toner in screenprinting, however I have not seen it commonly used in this way before, so it has been a pleasure to learn, analyze and play with the technique.

4 layer test screenprint
4-layer screenprint test
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Residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony

I recently got some exciting news and found out I was selected as an Artist In Residence for 2020 at the Grand Marais Art Colony! I will be going in early March for a two week residency and present an artist talk. This feels especially good because it is my first artist residency where my proposal was accepted (vs being invited without a jury).

My proposal involved something very personal, so early March is perfect for my residency, as there will not be many others around this time of year. In terms of technique I plan to push myself in developing my monotype skills further and to create an artist book.

 

Glass Box

Another new print for this new series! This print came from a very exploratory process. Working with 10 sheets, the process split a couple times and I tried different colors, layers, and combinations. Ultimately it became a varied edition with two versions and a monoprint! I plan to make another post about this decision process and what a varied/variable edition is later but wanted to share the print I was most happy with.

This screen print consists of 7 – 9 layers varying in opacity and includes a varnish layer. Unfortunately it is hard to capture the reflective quality on the surface from a straight-on  photo.

Glass Box EV
Glass Box EV – screen print, 15×21″, 2019 – © grace sippy 2019

Coexist

FINALLY able to share a new print I’ve been working on since November ’18, titled Coexist. This has been a good exercise in thought process and testing and am happy to say Coexist is the first for a new series. I typically work in series but wanted to challenge myself to make each print related to one another in the series but also being more distinct from one another. This typically happens because I usually set out to learn a new printmaking method and then create a series from that, resulting in a grouping of visual languages that are used in each piece. I also said “no traditional chine-collé, and use color in a way I haven’t used it before”. Anyway, this print also continues my interest in practicing toner drawings in screen printing and is combined with digital inkjet. Below the finished print are process photos–stay tuned for more of the series to come.

Coexist

Coexist is a presentation of two worlds/realities existing within the same space simultaneously.

 

 

Process Photos:

Toner drawing for Coexist
Toner drawing for Coexist
4 layer test screenprint
4-layer screenprint test
Toner drawing figures
Toner drawings for series
toner drawing figures
More toner drawings
color testing
Color testing for Coexist
registration
Screenprint registration
Coexist first layers
First couple layers for Coexist

Fractured Beings: An Internal and Collective Look At Humankind

Please join Agata Derda and I for our opening of Fractured Beings: An Internal and Collective Look At Humankind at the Cedar Ridge Creative Center in Toronto, ON — Sunday January 6th, from 1-4pm. The exhibition comprises of a variety of printmaking techniques, digital inkjet, relief, photopolymer intaglio and screenprint. We will both be in attendance.  We welcome questions and discussion, and most works are for sale. The exhibition runs from January 3rd to January 10th, so mark your calendars and be sure to stop by!

Agata Derda and Grace Sippy promo

2nd Prix Dacos Exhibition in Belgium

2nd Prix Dacos Exhibition

Hello hello! The 2nd Prix Dacos Exhibition (of which I am part of) will open at the La Boverie Art Museum in Liège, Belgium December 20th, and run until March 3rd, 2019.  This is a special exhibition featuring about 20 printmakers aged 30 or younger. Congratulations to Cindy Jugé (France), who was selected as the Winner!

Babé (France), Jérémy Bajulaz (France) , Lucie Bayet (Belgium), Aleksandra Bury (Poland), Céline Capelle (Belgium), Valentin Capony (France), Léo François Luccioni (Belgium), Clémence Godier (Belgium), Marie Helpin (France), Kamil Kocurek (Poland), Sylvain Konyali (France), Cédric Laforest (Canada), Mégane Likin (Belgium), Anabelle Milon (France), Fantine Perez (France), Jelena Petrovic Lukovic (Serbia), Grace Sippy (United States) and Ana Takenaka (Brazil)

MIAD

In October I was invited to MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) as a visiting artist for this first Monothon event. During this event the artists have 1 week to create as many monoprints/prints as possible. We were each given an assistant (thank you Malia Spellman!) and had technical support if needed. Additionally we had a large supply of RiverPoint Paper to use, and were invited to give critiques and lectures. It was amazing–thank you to all the students, Matt Presutti, Rina Yoon, and Bob Erickson for all your help and hard work in making this happen.

 

MIAD Monothon 2018
MIAD Monothon 2018 Visiting Artists
Monothon Reception
My assistant Malia and I in front of some of my prints from the week
Battle
Trace Monotype
Toner drawing for screen print
Toner drawing for screen printing
Group critique
Group critique