After many years of edition printmaking, I no longer work to a pre-determined outcome or from a maquette. By working at the interface between printmaking and painting, I can improvise and exploit surprises as they appear in the course of experimentation and exploration.
In recent years I have been using woodblocks in unorthodox ways as a transfer tool to build images layer by layer. My response to each stage determines the next move in a painterly process of controlled accident, an alternation between intuition and deliberation. Although each print is unique, they all incorporate the history of their creation. No longer a purist, I exploit any available tool or means to transfer color and form to surface.
Catherine Kernan is co-founder of Mixit Print Studio. She is also currently Director of Maud Morgan Arts, an art center in Cambridge. Kernan is represented by Soprafina Gallery in Boston, Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. She is in demand to teach printmaking with soy-based materials and a wide range of techniques. Her teaching credits include: Anderson Ranch, MassArt / Art New England, MakingArtSafely, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Wellesley College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Mass College of Art, and Pine Manor College. Her residencies include the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; Anderson Ranch; MacDowell Colony; the Venice Print Studio, Venice, Italy; and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Catherine Kernan’s work is in the collections of, among others, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland Museum of Art, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Boston Public Library, Grunewald Collection, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Detroit Institute of Art, and the Fogg Art Museum.
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