Printmaker creates at Breckenridge’s Tin Shop
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Printmaking originally developed as a method to disseminate information, particularly during the Renaissance, and traditional printmaking tends to carry on in such a vein, but Jennifer Ghormley has pushed the boundaries, mixing different media into the form to create unique art.
Ghormley fell in love with printmaking from the first class she took as an undergraduate at Metro State College of Denver. From there, she learned everything she could, going so far as to earn her master’s in fine arts degree with a concentration in printmaking at the University of Nebraska.
“It’s very process-oriented … it’s a very physical media, and I respond to that,” Ghormley said.
Spending two years at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, from 2007 to 2009, taught her how to push herself to a higher level of making art and teaching people about it.
Traditionally, printmakers still learn to create a series of 10 of the exact same prints. But Ghormley “embraces differences in nuances,” she said. She might stick with the number 10, but she makes 10 different prints from the same plate.
“There’s a lot of spontaneity and variety, even if you’re working with the same plate all day,” she said. To achieve various results, she introduces wax, stitching, drawing and merging other images into her prints.
She explained that she still addresses tradition while at the same time leaning more toward contemporary art, mixing media, and cross-breeding.
“My work is about experimenting and honestly having a good time making it because I spent most of my time making prints, and life is too short (not to enjoy what you do),” she said.
Her work ranges from life-size pieces (including an outline of a figure, which took an hour to ink properly) to 6-inch-by-6-inch presentations. She uses screen prints, wood cuts (where she carves a wooden block) and mono types.
Thursday, she’ll host a workshop on trace mono types, which involves rolling out a color of ink, gently layering paper on top of the ink, then applying pressure to the back side of the paper to bring the ink up.
“You don’t need a press, so you can work carefree and spontaneously,” she said about trace mono types.
While she’s at the Tin Shop, she’s focusing on screen prints and mono prints inspired by spring, nature and color.
“A visit to her open studio hours is sure to be interesting,” said Arts District coordinator Jenn Cram. “Her work is really fun with contemporary bold images and bright colors.”
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