On Friday I had the privilege of meeting Linda Jules,
a sculptural printmaker from Kamloops, BC, Canada.
Linda is visiting New Zealand for 2 weeks,
and was interested to see what was happening here in our print community.
|Prue Mac Dougall and Linda Jules, Feb 2016
(trying on some of Prue's coronets in progress)
It was great to hear about her experiments with sculptural printmaking,
so I thought I'd share a few insights about her work, taken from her website,
as it may inspire some of you working in multiple dimensions:
"I am inspired and fascinated by the natural world and the human culture that inhabits it.
The environment without and the individual within, (the container and the contained),
I seek to illuminate the natural world, the human condition that exists within our world,
and how the two are connected."
|Linda Jules (Canada), Heaven and Earth - after Flammarion
Screenprint on cotton paper
"My art practice is founded on printmaking and sculpture,
and my series of printed-paper baskets present a way to combine the two art mediums.
I base my basket forms on the traditional birch bark baskets
that first nations women across North America have made and used for millennia
to store and cook food and to carry water.
|Collection of baskets by Linda Jules (Canada)
Screenprint and collagraph on cotton paper
I use screenprint and collagraph images of trees found near my home in Kamloops
to simulate bark patterns on the outsides of the baskets.
Trees are a recurring subject in my work;
they symbolize my sense of place and are a metaphor for many things –
shelter, the family, the natural world, and the individual in society.
Within each basket, I place an element of self-portraiture
that also acknowledges the powerful draw of the mythological:
a magpie nest symbolizing the home; water patterns symbolizing the female element,
a wood nymph symbolizing my childhood."
For more information about Linda's work see www.lindajulesprints.com
In the near future, I will hopefully be featuring one of Linda's upcoming projects;
a group of international sculptural printmakers
who will be exhibiting together at Southern Graphics, Portland, next month.