Kim Osgood: "Tuscan Memories"
Portland-based printmaker Kim Osgood uses monotype and chine colle techniques to create her latest body of work. Based on memories of Italy, her multi-layered prints create images that are visual diaries of experience. Osgood uses common subjects in her compositions (birds, fruit, chairs). to remind us of precious things we may take for granted. She is inspired by memory, the passage of time, and the change in seasons. The Chine Colle technique presses paper to the ink plate enabling it to merge with the background of the print. Contrasting the found image with the painted image, her monoprinting technique is done with layers of dry and oil inks. The resulting image is rich in surface texture and layered with colours. She also uses 23-karat gold leaf in her printing processes which raises the issue of value in art. This artist questions monetary value and finds the preciousness of fleeting moments to be of greater importance.
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