Studio Visit: Laura Berman
The Following is a guest post by the talented artist, Yoonmi Nam. When not traveling to far flung destinations, Yoonmi teaches print and drawing at the University of Kansas.
”Umbrahome DL12”, 57”x37”, Relief Monoprint, 2011, Printed and published by Pele Prints, St. Louis, MO
On the morning after Thanksgiving day, I visited Kansas City-based printmaker and educator Laura Berman in her studio located in the Kansas City Livestock Exchange Building. It was a chilly day in the Stockyards District in the West Bottoms, an area west of downtown Kansas City, where this historical building is located.
Follow the jump for many, many, many, many more pictures from this great studio visit.
In contrast to its somewhat desolate, industrial surroundings, Laura’s cozy studio, which she shares with her architect/baker/designer husband, was filled with warm light and exuberance of color.
This is one of two doors to Laura’s studio. I loved all the tile work throughout the building. On the building website, it also states that this building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
When I arrived, Laura and her student assistant, Caitlin Peters (senior in printmaking at KCAI), were editioning her colorful relief monoprints for an exchange portfolio for the SGCI Conference in Milwaukee. It gave me an opportunity to see her printing process using her signature cut paper shapes that are representations of rocks in her personal collection. Laura is a lifelong collector of things, and all these collected objects become markers of certain times and places in her personal history. The rocks especially dominate her collection with over 200 specimens to date!
Here are some pictures of Laura and Caitlin pulling a couple of prints.
The following is a picture tour of a very well organized studio.
Here is a sneak peak of Laura’s new series in the works!
Inventive use of a bread tray rack. This is from Laura’s husband Chris’ baker days. Chris had owned and operated a bakery called “Breadsmith” for 7 years in Kansas City.
“A luscious monoprint is ordained for you.” Fortune cookie and this fortune made by Beth Reitmeyer.
Laura’s three-year old son is also a collector of rocks, and his growing collection is seen displayed below.
Polystyrene sheet rock shapes.
Bristol paper rock shapes.
On the wall: “Rockprint T4”, 57”x37”, Relief Monoprint, 2010
Laura also pulled out some prints to see!
Clockwise from top right: “Clearing”, Facing”, and “Climbing”, each print 19.5”x19.5”, Relief Monoprint, 2012, Printed by the artist and published by Círculo del Arte in Barcelona, Spain. Upper left print: from a portfolio organized by Tim Dooley “Headshot Portfolio”, presented at the 2010 MAPC Conference
”Lightening”, 29.5”x29.5”, Relief Monoprint, 2012, also published by Círculo del Arte in Barcelona, Spain
”Shifting”, 29.5”x29.5”, Relief Monoprint, 2012, published by Círculo del Arte in Barcelona, Spain
Below are Laura’s newer series of prints based on objects that she has collected. Each object was individually photographed and laser cut into these silhouetted shapes, which were then inked up and printed in various arrangements. Both prints below are in progress, and were printed at the Frans Masereel Centrum Artist Residency in Kasterlee, Belgium in 2011.
These are some items from Laura’s collections that were used for this series of prints. (photo provided by Laura Berman)
”Umbrahome H4”, 20”x15”, Relief Monoprint, 2011, Printed at Frans Masereel Centrum
”Umbrahome M1”, 20”x15”, Relief Monoprint, 2011, Printed at Frans Masereel Centrum
To see more of her beautiful prints, visit her website linked here. I would like to thank Laura and Caitlin for being so generous with their time.
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