What is so exciting about a chair? Honestly, I have no idea but when I heard about a call to artists for “Chair: Group Art Show,” inspiration hit and I spent the whole week sketching, drawing, prepping my silk screens and getting to work! It had been years since I entered an art show and my nervousness kicked in. Because I work at a local arts magazine, I have been to countless events and interviewed artists and admired work that was far better than my own. Will my work be good enough?
I chose screen printing because, putting it simply, I love it – the whole process. I love the feel of a fresh screen against my finger tips, mixing the photo sensitive emulsion and painting it on the screen, and MOST OF ALL: running through my basement to get my now light sensitive screen into an old fridge to dry (I call the fridge Mr. Darkroom). Then I start with the exposure process, hanging up lights and pulley systems that defy the laws of physics. After the screen is complete, the most time consuming part (for me) begins: making the perfect print.
How much paint should I put on? How much pressure should I use? Is it following the grain of the fabric? In the end, after two dozen practice prints – the final print is ready to be made. I act like I am diffusing a bomb, holding fragile glass, or changing a baby’s diaper without waking it up. Then I am finally done and after a week of planning, gathering materials, and printing – I clean the screen and put it away for future use and the only evidence of that screen is in the final print.
And I loved every minute of it.
The “CHAIR: Group Art Show ” is on display at Arcworks Community Art Center in Peabody, Massachuetts. The show is up from February 13 to April 12, 2013.