Printmaker Elizabeth Busey likes to exploit the deliberate nature of printmaking as a way to meditate on parts of the world that fascinate her. Daily encounters with towering billows of clouds as well as expansive topographies and microscopic illuminations are translated into large, colorful reduction linocuts and detailed, rhythmic monoprint collages. She works mostly in linoleum reduction prints, which are a printing process created by carving away layers of one linoleum block and printing the resulting pattern in overlapping inked layers, until the block is mostly carved away, or reduced. After completion of the print, another edition can never be made because the block has been carved away during the creation process.
“I gather my inspiration with the assistance of science and technology. The materials and techniques I choose are surprisingly simple in stark contrast to my methods for gathering inspiration. I see the images I create as modern-day messages. In the past, humans chose to express their community values through stone carvings or churches with stained glass.” – Elizabeth Busey