Lois Beck SWJ 2020

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Artist Statement

Study in Black and White is a collage I made utilizing magazine pages with shape and lines. 

I collect pages and images from magazines and one will strike me in a particular way that leads me to search for compatible elements.

Using texture, shape and lines on paper, one can develop engaging artwork. 

My collage work stems from an image that triggers an idea and I work to develop the idea.

I made a series of black and white collage this year.

Each quite different and intriguing.

I also use colored pages and images in my collages.

The works of Kurt Schwitters and Joseph Cornell are inspiring.


Bio and CV

I graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1996 and took printmaking my last quarter there and have been making prints since.

While I have done many of the printmaking processes including woodcuts, etchings, linocuts, rubber plate block prints and solar prints, my current focus is on monoprints.  All the printmaking processes are fascinating and produce different results. 

Recently, I have become interested in collage and combining collage with my prints is producing exciting results.  In collage  I often utilize parts of monoprints I have made with color and shapes from magazines.  Two or three monoprints can be cut or torn to create a collage.

Creating art and making abstracts with color and motion bring me much wonder and satisfaction.  Often I use several layers of ink and multiple passes through the press to achieve my abstracts. 

My goal, in addition to having fun, is to engage the viewer with my work.

I have shown my work in many Juried Exhibits since 2001 including:

Connecting Waters, Longview, WA

Capital City Visual Arts, Olympia

Local Juried Exhibitions, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA

Regional Juried Exhibition, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

Peninsula Art Exhibit, Shelton, WA

Abstract Exhibition, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA

Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA

41st National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Ocean Shores, WA

Four Artists, Four Visions, Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia, WA

Open Juried Exhibition, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, Seattle, WA

Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA

Ocean Shores Art Association Juried Exhibition, Ocean Shores, WA

The Printmakers Hand at Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA

All Sorts Gallery, Olympia, WA

SW Washington Regional Juried Show, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA