abstract & nature inspired monotypes
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About Kathleen Thoma
My recent work has been a return to intersection of dreaming, nature, spirit, and the creative impulse. I show the inner meditations, which come into existence during the exploration of dreams, moods, colors and forms, as each image appears. I take a long time with each plate. I use many layers, stop and start again while I listen to what each image wants as it comes into being. My images are pieces of my many dreams. I share them out of some inner compulsion which all artists have.
These days my primary medium of expression is with monotypes, however I am constantly exploring with relief, chine colle and collage. I cut all of my own stencils by hand, these shapes are plucked from some unknown source in my head, or from nature’s kind inspiration.
To me, the best part of creating with anything new is the unknown journey and it’s mysterious destination.
Monotype printmaking is a medium which seems to demand spontaneous action. This appeals to me, I enjoy losing control after so many years of illustration work, which requires a detailed plan for every aspect of the finished artwork.
I had a great teacher.She pushed us hard, she kept on saying “Don’t think! Just do it! Make ten prints in the next hour!” We would all groan and look at her like she was crazy. But, somehow, with someone saying that to us over and over again, we all did it. And we made good prints. When they were all up on the wall we were all happy about our work. What a great teaching it was, this was an experience of trusting the flow of creative energy using our experience as artists to push on through our fears and simply create without fear.