JoAnne Artman Gallery


Salty Skin and Dusky Sky, Ed. 2/6 by Ellen Von Wiegand (Unframed)

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Ellen Von Wiegand
"Salty Skin and Dusky Sky" Ed. 2/6
Linocut on Kozuke Paper
66 x 40 Inches, Unframed

As opposed to digital prints, linocuts celebrate the long tradition of handmade editioned art that has been practiced for nearly two millennia. While woodblock printmaking goes back thousands of years, artists like Picasso popularized linocut in the early part of the 20th century due to wider availability of linoleum.

“All parts of my process are done by hand, from the original drawing, to the carving, and final printing. In order to produce a work in multiple colors, separate blocks need to be carved and printed for each hue. As a result, creating a limited edition of colorful prints is quite time consuming and requires a great deal of patience. And while there are multiple prints created from the same plates, each one is truly an original work of art” Von Wiegand explains.

Reminiscent of ancient Corinthian Black-Figure Ceramics, her silhouettes and their environments are incised with delicate contours that reinforce dimensionality. Highlighting structural and decorative elements with patterned line, texture, and opaque blocks of color, Von Wiegand’s intent and approach renders the works poetic, vulnerable, and highly personal.

“Using my body has caused my work to develop into something highly personal. When we are nude we are at our most vulnerable, and I have come to see my work as a way to reconcile with the shy, insecure and fearful pieces of myself. It is a practice in being more open and allowing people into my world when in my real life I struggle to do so.”

Ellen has a background in Art History. She completed her Masters degree in Contemporary Art at Christie's Education in 2011, and received her BA in Art History from John Cabot University, Rome in 2010. She began to develop an interest in printmaking while studying the linocuts of Picasso and Der Blaue Reiter during her time at Christie's, and she is largely self-taught in the craft.