Voices of the Delta: Heather Christine Guenard

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Beacon Content, Delta 61, Delta 61, Delta Exhibition, Exhibitions, Museum, Voices of the Delta

Heather Christine Guenard, LV-426, 2018, collagraph plate & print, 27 1/8 x 33 1/4 x 3/4 inches

I am a process artist whose reward is the journey. My media of choice is printmaking, specifically collagraphs, created by the manipulation of matboard, trash, found objects, with the addition of a variety of acrylic paint and varnishes. Led by the unconscious and accidental texture, each composition is an exploration and celebration of texture and mark-making. I fell in love with this style of collagraph printmaking as each step is part of an ever expanding work of multiple layers and possibilities, from the development of the plate that becomes its own work of art, to the use of intaglio printmaking techniques where the textures within the plate are finally revealed through printing, and often further developed with the addition of mixed media.

I am greatly influenced by the grattage method created by surrealist Max Ernst, the biomorphic works of H.R. Giger, the action painting of Jackson Pollock, and the collagraph work of Peter Wray and Judy Collins.

– Heather Christine Guenard

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