Sonoma County Art Trails
October 8, 9 and, 15, 16, 2016
Open Studio number
Come and visit my printmaking studio during Sonoma County Art Trails. It is a great opportunity to drive around our beautiful county and meet artists and purchase directly from them! Studio hours are 10 to 5, and if you come on the early side of the day maybe we will have a chance for an interesting conversation about my wild imagination! I can also help you understand the mysterious world of limited edition prints and the many approaches to making an image.
My studio mate Holly Jordan, studio 73, will also be showing with me. She uses many kinds of alternative plate technologies in her abstract work. Her influences range from delicate mark making to lush blacks, degeneration, rust, and organic pigments. Please welcome her on her first year of Art Trails.
Don't forget to enjoy the preview show at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, where you can see one piece from every participating artist, helping to narrow down your number of stops. We hope you can come visit, but are available most any time by appointment.
Caren Catterall is a printmaker working in the realms of spirit, mystery and myth. Like the shamans of ancient times, her stories are about visions and experiencing connections in the world, and expressing the world of spirit. Archetypes and mythology become part of the narrative that speaks to our deeper selves--or maybe it is our higher selves--our ideals and strivings, our common stories.
My inspiration comes from
- Mythology, particularly creation stories, or stories of goddesses, their symbols, archetypes, and attributes.
- Connections and patterns in nature, the golden ratio and Fibonacci sequence, which makes order out of chaos.
- Sacred, mystical and magical places such as Stonehenge, the megalithic, solar aligned temples of Malta, the caves that were embellished with drawings by ancient shamans.
- A narrative that tells a story, perhaps sparked by a word or phrase in a novel that I am reading.
- Word play. My Giantess series is all based on adages, common sayings that evoke amusing images--Giantess with her Head in the Clouds, Giantess with a Bird in One Hand, Giantess Making Waves. I enjoy the fact that with prints you write the title on the work, as the title is often important to me and comes with the inspiration of the image.
In printmaking there are specific effects that can only be made with the randomness of marks, and the transparency of the ink layers. There are many techniques, from precise hard ground lines, to random lift effects—many things to pull from the bag of tricks.
In the etchings the plate is made in metal that is hand inked, wiped and transferred to paper with the press for each print. It is a painstakingly slow process, with many stages to the development of the plate. There is no mechanical reproduction here, and the hand of the artist is always evident in the creation of each original, limited edition multiple.
Another more contemporary, uncommon, and less toxic way that Catterall works is called a collagraph. The matrix is built out of matt board, cut paper designs, and textured materials. The matt board is sealed in acrylic medium to make it possible to clean up the ink and reuse the matrix. Because of the varied levels and textures, you can print from ink wiped on the lower levels of the plate, or rolled on the higher surfaces.
Exploration in monotype is another medium for her, particularly incorporating an image transfer technique. The ink is applied to a plexiglas plate with rollers, stencils, textured materials, or anything you can imagine for moving or removing the ink. Images can be appropriated from many sources by treating a photocopy to receive ink in the image, and then transfer onto the plate. Monotype is very experimental and wide open to possibilities and surprises. One of the delights of this method uses the “ghosts”, or faint amounts of ink left behind from the first printing, to layer on top of other images. Each print is unique; there is no edition, but there can be progressions and series.
Recently she started exploring the area of encaustic, painting with pigmented, hot wax. You can incorporates print elements, image transfer, and layered effects in much the same way as monotype. This has lead to a series on hexagonal panels honoring the vanishing Bees.
Hot Off the Press studio
You are welcome to visit my lovely studio in the redwoods by appointment year round. Also watch for me during the Sonoma County Art Trails in October, and Art At the Source in June.
The studio is available for experienced printmakers to join in order to explore your creative path, and find community around our shared passion. Caren also occasionally offers classes in monotype and in the xerox transfer technique. You can join in the adventure of printmaking, with its layers, unexpected happy accidents, ghosts, surprise reversals, and share a sense of community around the press. See Classes for details.
Presenting a dream of Malta
"The People with Spirits Strong as Stone"
This is a video of a dream that came to me while on a pilgrimage to Malta in 2004. A story and a body of work came out of that experience, and is presented to you here as a video. Please enjoy and pass it along.