I fell in love with monotype printmaking in 1996. I like to explore color and texture. As interesting things present themselves, I follow their lead.
In the past, many of my prints have done time in my “To Be Continued” folder, where they germinated until I had the right combination of colors and textures to layer on top of them. I lived for the moment when discordant elements came together to make something unpredictable and beautiful. That used to be what excited me about monotype. I maintained that “Life is a layering of experiences, be they planned, spontaneous, embarrassing, proud, painful or sublime. Without that layering, there’s no depth. There’s great hope in accepting the difficult stages in life (or the life of a print), placing faith in the process that everything will turn out okay in the end”. Perhaps I have grown up a little bit since the last time I visited my artist’s statement. I still think the same way, but there is also something to be said for planning things. My current approach to printmaking is more purposeful. I tend to know exactly what I am going to do when I get to the studio. I spend much more time painting the plate, trying to get things right the first time through the press, so that more paper shows through, giving things a lighter and more spontaneous appearance, even though the process is more painstaking. I still have my “To Be Continued” folder, but fewer prints find their way there.
Right now, I am working on a series of cellular images, inspired by hours of sifting through my dad’s medical magazines as a kid, drawn in by the colorful pharmaceutical ads. I am using rubber tipped tools for mark making, and working with different viscosities of ink. I will probably make more of these prints than I probably should, but it is too fun, and I can’t seem to stop.
I am not currently represented by a gallery. I plan to have an open studio in the next couple of months. Hopefully, I will sell a few pieces to help pay for my dream vacation: a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey, where I will stay in a cave hotel and go on a hot air balloon ride over the science fiction looking landscape. I will have several small prints to choose from. If you think you would like to come over, drop me a line and I will send you an Evite to my event.
*All of the images on this site are copyrighted by Ruth I. Hesse. All rights to these images belong to me. They are not to be reproduced in any form without my express permission.