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Annalise Natasha Gratovich

Artist Statement

I am a printmaker living and working in Austin, Texas. My work is informed and inspired by the myth, culture, and traditional arts of the lands of my heritage: the American South and Eastern Europe.

I create fantastical characters and use them as a means to explore ideas of the bittersweet moments of human interaction.

I wrap these characters within worlds of magical realism that evoke a history and culture that could be found in folklore or fairytales, both of which are a big inspiration for me.

More recently I have been exploring ideas of memory and burden, and ideas of sin and redemption.

I am currently working on a series of eight 3 x 5 ½ foot hand-carved woodcuts titled "The Villagers: Carrying Things from Home.” I’m using these Villagers as a way to depict the intention and accountability of one’s actions and carrying the burden of those actions’ consequences. I am currently co-publishing the series with Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas.

Through Rusty Days
copper plate etching with aquatint and chine collé
To Awaken In Paradise
copper plate etching with aquatint and hand-dyed chine collé
When Its Cold Outside...
Screen print with hand coloring.
Alas He Cannot Hear
Copper plate etching with aquatint, spit bite, chine collé.
Memoria
linocut with hand coloring
Some Things Last a Long Time, Fireboots
serigraphy with hand reduction, photo stencil screen and gouache
Kite House in Black
multiplate line etching with aquatint
Kite House in Green and Red
multiplate line etching with aquatint
Kite House in Red with Green Stars
multiplate line etching with aquatint and foul bite
Kite House in Yellow and Purple
multiplate line etching with aquatint
Kite House in Green with Pink Stars
multiplate line etching with aquatint and foul bite
Kite House in Red with Blue Stars
myltiplate line etching with aquatint and foul bite
Kite House in Green with Pink Stars
multiplate line etching with aquatint and foul bite
Blowing Kisses
gouache and ink on intaglio color proof
Sweet Pea and the Fizzy Flowers
gouache and ink on intaglio color proof
Broomtree and the Lanternhanger: Part One
hard ground etching with chine colle, ala poupee, aquatint, drypoint
Broomtree and the Lanternhanger: Part Two
hardground etching with aquatint, chine colle and drypoint
Why Yes, I Do Believe Its Love
three color plates with hard ground etching, aquatint and gouache