Nancy Wilkins’ monoprints are wonderful pieces of art influenced by the reflection off water and beneath it’s surface. They are defined by layers of rich color and texture creating a sense of depth and surface. Each monoprint is unique and can not be recreated.
Wilkins holds a BFA from Marylhurst University and since graduating in 1999 has made printmaking her primary focus.
“Motivated by the process of looking both at the reflection off water and beneath its surface within, I am interested in building layers of rich color and texture that create both a sense of depth as well as surface. I begin by creating and printing an intaglio (etching, drypoint, or photo etching) plate. I then paint or roll oil-based ink onto plexiglass and transfer that onto the same paper by running through an etching press. I use hand-cut mylar stencils and collaged plates to repeat, layer and ghost-print shapes. Occasionally I will palm-sand the surface of the print in order to erase areas and/or add texture, then print over again. Sometimes I will collage similarly printed pieces together.”