I have long had a love/hate relationship with monoprints. The process can be intoxicatingly seductive. So much so that at times I do not trust the results, but in the right hands it can yield images of exquisite beauty. The opportunity to view a large selection of contemporary works in this medium was extremely rewarding.
In selecting the work for this exhibition I tried to include a wide variety of image-making possibilities in order to highlight the incredible range inherent to the medium. There are very direct responses which rely on traditional draftsmanship and more complicated, multi-media images in the final selection. I realize that many very accomplished and deserving works did not make the final cut but that is an inevitable result having to make decisions based on digital reproductions, and on the limitations of the physical space of the gallery. The making of monoprints is a visceral process and the final results are best viewed in the flesh. Never-the-less I am confident that the works that will be hung will form a vibrant survey of the best the medium has to offer.
I would like to thank the Monoprint Guild for this opportunity and to congratulate all the entrants for their continued devotion to image making.
Professor of Printmaking
University of New Hampshire