Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Studio Visit with Sheri Tomek and Rachel Gross

This past week I had the opportunity to visit Sheri Tomek and Rachel Gross in their shared studio space. Sheri is working on some new prints which can be seen here. While she is still using the solar plates to create her prints she has looked backwards to her early graphic design, logo & branding work. The new prints are quite bold- working well up close and from a distance. She has simplified the designs but still uses the mix and match components.Sheri then uses the plates to create various designs. She has currently been using wire to create images on  the plates which are reminiscent of tree rings.

The thin metal plate is very easily nipped into shaped plates.  The placement of the plate and color is used strategically to create an image. Some of the incised white lines are extended off of the object with a colored pencil. These are a bit subtle to see in a digital image.
Rachel Gross' space is on the other side of the room. There is no clear delineation between the two spaces which speaks to the back and forth process between the Sheri & Rachel. Rachel's most recent prints use plywood shapes as blocks which are then composed in various ways to suggest three dimensional objects. I love the use of the fluorescent colors.

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