[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]Drew Johnson, a Spanish and communication double major and studio art minor, discovered something new about himself during his Introduction to Printmaking class.
“When I paint and draw, I try to present images that will be visually appealing to other people,” the junior from Chaska, Minn., says. “With printmaking, I feel I can talk about what interests me more than what will be attractive to others.”
The class, taught by Melissa Vogley-Woods, a visiting professor who specializes in printmaking, challenges students to investigate concepts of place, memory, environment and identity by creating “artist’s books.”
“Each book includes a variety of techniques, including mono-print, dry-point, screen printing, woodcut, letter press, linoleum cuts, collagraphs, rubbings, transfer and stencils,” she says.
Using these methods, each student makes two editions of large accordion-fold books—one for themselves and one to donate to Special Collections in the Denison Library, which houses a collection of artist’s books from around the world, with a focus on American artists in particular.
The theme of Johnson’s book is “Home,” and he used many of the techniques Vogley-Woods demonstrated—some in black and white, some in color—depicting memories of his own home, including drawings of his house and the surrounding woods.
“You have to surrender control,” he says. “You roll on the ink, press the paper, and don’t know what’s going to happen until you see it. It’s a very organic process.”
The exhibition of student-made books is one of four exhibitions built around words and art on view at the Denison Museum until Saturday, May 11. For more info, visit denisonmuseum.org.