Esther S White’s artist books, textiles, and prints reveal an experimental approach to materials and an interest in personal history. Her recent work in printmaking and textiles investigate identity, motherhood and reproduction, autobiography, and women’s work.
Esther’s prints have been exhibited locally and internationally, most notably at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art in Havana and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Her books are in the special collections of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, and the Arts Library at Yale University. Esther earned a BA in Studio Art and Art History with departmental honors from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2007. She serves on the board of the Northampton Arts Council and is also a member of Boston Printmakers, the Monotype Guild of New England, and the Surface Design Association.
Esther is the founder of Fugitive Arts, a transient curatorial project dedicated to promoting the work of underground and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley. She is co-founder of the Northampton Print and Book Fair, an annual exhibition and sale of artists’ books, zines, and prints.
“I am interested in under-appreciated and experimental methods and processes. I am attracted to the ugly ducklings, enjoying the hunt to locate their characteristic marks. As a teacher, I encourage my students to ask how the process can support the meaning of their work.”
- Experimental photographic processes: photo collagraph and photographic silk aquatint
- Gelatin plate monotype
- Silkscreen monotype
- Printing on textiles: water-based silkscreen, silkscreen printing with textile dyes, and deconstructed screen printing
- Artists’ books