Cathie Crawford

36 x 24 woodcut monoprint, 2013


Taking a break from figurative color reduction woodcut editions, I have been making non-objective monoprints for the past three years. This new direction is the converging of line, shape, color and texture in an ambiguous space. The Pluvious series of six monoprints were printed from a single piece of wood in many stages. The Dayenu and Lisière monoprints were printed from multiple blocks. Dayenu is the Hebrew word for “it would have been enough”. Dianoia II is a collage of two monprints. The Dianoia series of three also was printed from multiple blocks and evolved from a Hebrew word. The Surge diptych is my newest woodcut edition print and was printed from two blocks of wood.


Originally from New York City, Cathie returned to Illinois in 2004 after living overseas (three years in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and then three years in Grenoble France). Since completing her Master of Fine Art degree in 1987 from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, she has concentrated on the color reduction woodcut.
Her work has been included in more than three hundred exhibitions, sixty juried national shows and fifteen international juried exhibitions since completing a BFA from The Ohio State University.

Her recent non-objective monoprints, Dayenu, Dianoia II and Lisière were selected for six national juried exhibitions in Galesburg, IL, St. Louis, MO, Los Angeles, CA, Tacoma, WA, Fort Wayne, IN and the recent “Once” exhibition in Somerville MA. Dayenu was selected for New Prints 2014/Autumn at the International Print Center New York. Crawford has won thirty-five awards at both the national and regional level. Her prints have been exhibited in 22 states as well as France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

Crawford’s prints are included in private and corporate collections in eight countries.