JONI LEVY LIBERMAN
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"Most of my prints are monotypes. A monotype is produced by creating an image directly on a plexiglass plate. I either roll ink or paint an image directly onto the plate. Next, I place printmaking paper on top of the plate and run both through a printing press to transfer the image onto the paper. Then I work back into a print with gouache, colored pencils, and caran d’ache crayons. Each print is one of a kind, no two are identical – which is why these prints are called monotypes.
Chine collé combines printmaking and collage. Thin colored papers are placed onto an inked plate. The ink of the plate, along with a light layer of glue on the back of the collage materials, attaches the thin paper to the substrate as the print is run through the press. I love the looseness of this process, which I use to incorporate small drawings, as well as other materials into a monotype.
Printmaking doesn’t allow the work to be fully seen by the artist until it has been printed. There is always some part of the print that becomes a surprise. When a plate is run through the press, what is printed it the mirror image of what was created on the plate and the inks are always mixing in new ways. This creates new variables every time a print is pulled from the press. Wane Thiebald said, 'Making a print is an orchestration between what you think you know and what you are surprised to learn.' " — Joni Levy Liberman
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