Miriam Owen – Monoprints
Printmaking is a new art adventure for me. After working in other mediums for over 40 years, I have transformed what was once a clay and sculpture studio, into a printmaking studio.
In 2014, I sponged years of clay and sawdust off of the white studio walls and painted them barn red and two different teal greens. The colors alone transformed the studio but so has the addition of glass top tables for rolling inks and a very large open spoke Conrad Monotype Press.
It is the spontaneity of the monoprint process which most appeals to me. The process entails rolling oil-based inks with brayers onto printing plates, making, then using stencils for composition and marking the plate by either removing or layering colors. It is an exploration for me, full of endless possibilities, as I learn to use my eye to see in a whole new way.
My inspirations, so far, are the beautiful natural world of Northern California where I live, my flower garden and the joyous floral bouquets I create from the flowers I grow. My daily walks to coastal beaches and bluffs with my dog Pumpkin also inspire prints.