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Published:April 2nd, 2007 14:30 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Carrie Knowles, Writer/Artist

Judyth Piazza chats with Carrie Knowles, Writer/Artist

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

 

I have spent my professional life creating images with words.  About ten years ago, however, I began to get impatient with writing and decided I also wanted to be able to see those images in color and line.  I had previously dabbled in pottery and once tried painting but didn`t find either to be the kind of expression I wanted.

Then I started making prints.  Printmaking was most like writing to me. It used paper and ink and the tedious cutting, pushing, pulling, carving, etching and scratching of printmaking was a lot like writing: all the various steps of printmaking gave me the time I needed and wanted to play with my images so I could edit and carefully think through how I envisioned what I wanted to say.  Printmaking also gave me lots of exciting new tools with which to experiment.

One of the things that attracted me to printmaking was the experimental nature of the artwork.  There seemed to be an unlimited range of tools you could use to create prints and few rules.   By definition, if something could be pressed, pushed, stamped or transferred onto paper to make an image, it could rightfully be called printmaking.

In addition to printmaking, I also make collages.  Creating collages is a natural extension of my printmaking work.  Good printmaking paper is too expensive to waste.  So, when I ruin a print, I cut it up to create new images in collages.

I have dreamed of going to art school for years, but never managed to get there.  During 2004, however, I spent a year working with two magnificent printmakers in Brisbane, Australia, Jennifer Hamilton and Nancy Brown.  Together we created a show entitled: The Secret Work of Women.

My work has been shown and is in private collections in Australia and in the United States.