Statement - R Hermelyn Di Silvestro
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The power of visual language has always intrigued me. I am interested in exposing the connections and struggles between self, society, and nature, inviting the viewer to start a conversation. It begins with connecting and feeling my subject, leading me to find the hidden self. Through bold and gestural marks, the human form reveals itself amid the abstract to express a visceral link. This potential inspires my romance with the monotype printmaking technique. It’s spontaneous and allows my art to transform by freeing my mark making to endless exploration and possibilities of abstraction. Each movement and emotion of every paint stroke is recorded onto the plate so there is no hiding once I start. The uncomfortable space is enlightening and very addicting. I draw and paint without hesitation on a smooth plate by adding and subtracting oil inks and then printing the image onto 100% rag paper through an etching press. Each artwork is unique and one-of-a-kind.