R Hermelyn Di Silvestro | Statement
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Statement

Artwork

The power of the visual message has always intrigued me. My art communicates something of the human experience while inviting the viewer to start a conversation. I am interested in exposing the connections and struggles between self, society, and nature. Through an exploration of powerful and quiet gestural marks, the human form reveals itself amid the abstract to express a visceral link. This potential inspires my romance with monotype printmaking. Each movement and emotion of every mark I make is recorded so there is no hiding once I start. The uncomfortable space is enlightening and very addicting. It challenges me to see, feel and expose my subject as well as myself.

 

Monotypes are limited to an edition of one and straddle the fields of printmaking and painting. The technique allows my work to transform by freeing my mark making to endless exploration and possibilities of abstraction. I draw and paint freely on a smooth plate by adding and subtracting oil inks and then printing the image onto damp paper using an etching press. As a printmaker I understand and appreciation the concept of duplication, but as an identical twin I value unique and distinctive qualities of the monotype, each being the only one of its kind.