When I was asked to create a Plakat with “Celebration of the Hand,” in mind, I was surprised my initial thought had nothing to do with printmaking. However, it did involve cutting shapes out and making a sculpture – something I do with my woodcut prints. I created something I’ve titled, “Identity & Placement.”
To me, “Celebration of the Hand” can be interpreted deeper than what we can create but who were and where we come from. I have always had a fascination with topographical maps as they look like numerous fingerprints, especially in the Wasatch Front. My home is within Ogden and Salt Lake Valleys, where mountains are always to the east. I believe the placement of my raised fingerprints reflect the valleys to translate I’ve become an artist because not only is it imprinted but because of my surroundings – two key factors that I believe shape people and who they become.
This event was made possible by the Permanent Museum of Temporary Change and Craft Lake City. The 12 plakats are located in Downtown SLC along 300 South between 200 West and 200 East. Tonight is gallery stroll and there will be a walk starting at 6pm located behind one of the other artist’s Plakat located at 300 South and slightly west of 35 West. It will be on display until October. The other artist have done an incredible job so I encourage everyone to check them out and share what your favorite was!
I noticed a photo on Instagram of my piece where the sun was hitting it just right and making the most beautiful shadows. Looking at it straight on it is hard to see the raised forms so I will have to work on getting a similar photo to share. I am also curious with it being outside if anyone decides to add their own art to it. I will be checking on it as often as I can and documenting any changes.
Also a HUGE thank you to the South Salt Lake Home Depot store! Unfortunately we did not meet our Kickstarter goal so the artists had to pay out of pocket. Home Depot donated $100 worth of materials to my piece and I honestly could not have funded it all of it myself, therefore I would not have participated. So I am grateful to everyone who has organized this and helped me make it possible!