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Amy Guadagnoli

Artist Statement

I create abstract woodblock prints to investigate and respond to the visual, tactile, and experiential world. I make these works by carving marks into wood that is then rolled with ink. The inked impression is transferred to paper by rubbing with a wooden spoon. Each layer of color builds a surface that is both planned and accidental. Printing and carving occur in stages—I cut back into the same blocks over and over again through time. In this way, as the print is created, the blocks are destroyed. I view the process of relief printmaking as a metaphor exposing the gaps between the physical, the imagined, and what we perceive as the "seen” reality.

My imagery resides in this gap between visual impressions and the conjuring of names or descriptions. This gap is what separates the familiar from the unknown and is where I try to situate each work. I juxtapose the sensual and visceral against the spiritual and symbolic and create realms where the sacred and profane exist in tandem. To accomplish this, I obfuscate, deconstruct, reassemble, and transform visuals culled from my perceptions of both organic and man-made environments, dreams, memories, and learned or imagined myths.

I aim to discover images that deliberately set on edge the associations we bring to forms. In other words, I use forms that might mean many things, have several names, or be both whimsical and terribly dark at the same time. Since the process of constructing narratives is fluid, active, and personal, each viewer completes the work, bringing his or her own associations to bear in how to decipher each piece. It is in this open space—this stream of ever-changing perceptions, before mental categorization and verbal assignments—where we discover how to bridge what we see with what we know.
Mercy
woodblock print
Vernal Pools
woodblock print
Sirens
woodblock print
Uncharted
1/1 woodblock print
HeronFire
1/1 woodblock print
Phosphor and the Gathering Storm
Woodblock monoprint
Sailing the High Plain
Woodblock monoprint
Serving the Hungry Ghost
woodblock monoprint
King of Ice Fields
1/1 woodblock print
Healer
1/1 woodblock print
Chute
1/1 woodblock print
Georgia's House
1/1 woodblock print
Mineral
1/1 woodblock print
Undercurrent
1/1 woodblock print
Benediction
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Empyrean
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Incantation
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Kite for Maya
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Purse full of Pills and Thoughts for Tomorrow
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Under the Styx: Tarred Lungs in Stasis with Worm
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Crossing
1/1 woodblock print
Bloodfeather
1/1 woodblock print
Shield
1/1 woodblock print
Force
1/1 woodblock print
Lethe
1/1 woodblock print
Passage
1/1 woodblock print
Quark Butterfly: The Source of Chaos
1/1 woodblock print
Phoenix
1/1 woodblock print
Rake, Comb, and Eye: The Pleasures of the Purse
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
Role Trap: Half an Apron and Wasted Eggs
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
The Ribs of Ramakrishna
woodblock monoprint with dry pigment
The Watching Water
1/1 woodblock print
Surrender
1/1 woodblock print
Id on the Prowl
woodblock print
Rocket Ship for Sam
monoprint