Sandy Wadlington Woodblock Printing Demonstration

A Visit With The Artist: Sandy Wadlington

New England-based artist Sandy Wadlington held court in the Chapel Art Center today as a large crowd of students, staff, faculty and alumni gathered around her workstation to watch the process of turning a riverside Portsmouth, New Hampshire scene into a woodblock print. The process, she says, is an involved one that often changes along the way. For the Portsmouth print, she says it has taken her about 30 days to complete from the time she initially photographed the scene to the time the print was finished. That process includes an initial pastel drawing from a photograph and then carving the nine individual blocks, one for each color.

Artist in residence demonstrationWadlington answered questions from the crowd as she patiently added water-based paints to the carved blocks, gently placed her rice paper prints onto the blocks, then rubbed a baren made of bamboo and cardboard over the rice paper to ink the color into the print.

"The process of creating these things is the fun part for me," she told the audience. "When I first saw Japanese printmaking using these traditional techniques, I was drawn into it. And I like the water based part of it."

Fr. Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., director of the Chapel Art Center, told the audience that woodblock printing is a medium that isn't well known but allows for the intricacies of response to be included in the process of making it. "It's a malleable process that creates a completely different realm of possibilities. It's a journey for the artist and it's constantly being changed along the way."

The demonstration was a part of the Chapel Art Center's "Conversations in Art" program which aims to bring individuals closer to art and to show what it takes to bring an exhibition to fruition. Wadlington's exhibit, "Reflections of the Day" is currently on display in the gallery through December 7.

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