Anne Russell

Anne Russell

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Chalkboard Ghosts: The Big One
Monotype (negative-trace)
24 x 18 inches

Anne Russell is a printmaker and mixed-media artist. Often working from direct observation, she is interested in multiple layers and changing views, looking for some balance between chaos and comprehension. These recent monotypes revel in the minute examination of a place and the objects within: in this case the printmaking studio itself. The technique of trace monotype uses the direct touch of freehand drawing to manipulate ink and create marks on the paper.  It is “low tech” and immediate and intimate.  The first step of tracing creates colored lines on white paper. “Negative-trace” images show the reversal that is left on the printing plate. They are transferred to paper with an etching press and result in prints with white lines in the background field of the original ink.  Some of them resemble old blackboards with layers of partially erased marks, evoking time passed and memories; these comprise the series “Chalkboard Ghosts.”