Editions Artists’ Books Fair 2021

We are proud to present the work of Jessica Stockholder and Nancy Diessner

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Jessica Stockholder

During Fall 2009 the Mount Holyoke College Printmaking Workshop welcomed Jessica Stockholder as its visiting artist. The program—established in 1984 by studio art professor Nancy Campbell—brings accomplished women artists to the campus. Throughout their residency, the selected artists work in the College’s printmaking studio while students from Mount Holyoke, and the other Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts) observe and occasionally assist the artist and master printer. She worked throughout the fall semester, collaborating with Liz Chalfin, Master Printmaker and Director of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts.

Jessica Stockholder, a prominent contemporary sculptor was an ideal candidate for the MHC workshop. She is known for her vibrant, energetic, and site specific installations, as well as complex sculptures made from a multitude of materials: yarn, wire, rocks, fabric, fans, hay, toys, lights, plastic fruit, children’s toys, glass, brick, concrete, sheetrock, plywood, newspaper, paint, and even kitchen appliances. While she works primarily in three dimensions, she enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to be part of the project. Stockholder commented, “I am interested in the gestural marks and
different textures that I can use in printmaking.” The program offered her the chance to convey her sculptural dexterity in a two-dimensional format. (from the Spring 2008 Mount Holyoke College Art Museum newsletter)

Jessica Stockholder, Skein, 2008                                                                                                           

Photopolymer intaglio, etching with spit bite aquatint, collagraph, relief print from found object with stencil 
30” x 22”
Printer: Liz Chalfin
Printer’s Assistants: Nancy Campbell, Alexa Beyor, Theresa Antonellis
Publisher: Mount Holyoke College Print Workshop
Edition size: 9  – available: 1
$2200 unframed
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Jessica Stockholder, Plastic Would, 2008                                                                                             

Woodcut and linocut
30” x 22”
Printer:  Liz Chalfin
Printer’s Assistant: Nancy Campbell
Publisher: Mount Holyoke College Print Workshop
Edition size: 10 – available: 1
$2200 unframed
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Jessica Stockholder, Double Flipper, 2008                                                                                            

Woodcut and collagraph with embossing
30” x 22”
Printer:  Liz Chalfin
Printer’s Assistant: Jos Truitt
Publisher: Mount Holyoke College Print Workshop
Edition size: 10 – available: 1
$2200 unframed
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Jessica Stockholder, Wood and Lino, 2008                                                                                           

Woodcut and llinocut
30.5” x 40”
Printer:  Liz Chalfin
Printer’s Assistant: Jos Truitt
Publisher: Mount Holyoke College Print Workshop
Edition size: 10 – available: 1
$3000 unframed
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Jessica Stockholder, String, 2008                                                                                                          

linocut and relief print from found object with stencil 
30” x 22”
Edition size: 10
Printer:  Liz Chalfin
Publisher: Mount Holyoke College Print Workshop
$2000 – available: 1
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Nancy Diessner

At the core of her work, Diessner is attempting to reach and replicate a very specific space: a transitional area between sky and water, between the internal activities of the body and external phenomena of nature, between what can be known, and what can’t. And while the river runs through it, it remains an untraversed place for Diessner’s works to inhabit and explore. –Lauren Szumita

“The 3-dimensional forms of these artworks are cast from parts of my single rowing shell—a very long, almost impossibly thin, boat for sculling—and are supported by mahogany strips used on racing shells before the advent of carbon fiber. These boat forms are filled with and are surrounded by photopolymer etchings of the natural environment around water and riverbanks, of bodies moving through water, and of the dim and hazy landscapes under water.  These images, and the boat form itself, relate physically and emotionally to the fragile relationship between nature and human activity. That relationship is both sublime and fraught. Rivers are rich and poetic metaphors for our unconscious thoughts, and are locations of horrible environmental abuse as well as heroic acts of conservation and restoration. These works of art are about those many layers of meaning that tie us to our world and separate us from it. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Diessner, An Atmosphere of Water and Dust, 2021                                                                 

photopolymer intaglio prints; digital prints; ink; paper from invasive plants; mahogany wood; waxed thread
10’ x 14” x 5”
Edition size: 1
$3000
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Nancy Diessner, All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds: Boat 5, 2019

photopolymer intaglio prints on paper and boat decking fabric; mahogany strips                                     
7’ 8.5” x 10” x 6
Edition size: 1
$2500
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Nancy Diessner, All I want is to be the river though I return again and again to the clouds: Boat 1, 2019

photopolymer intaglio prints on paper and boat decking fabric; mahogany strips                                     
6’ 10” x 10” x 6”
Edition size: 1
$2200
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Nancy Diessner’s artwork emerges from her background in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, and digital image manipulation…and from her life as a river rat—a sculler and kayaker in love with moving swiftly along the surface of water. In her most recent work, she creates the physical form of a boat and layers it with photopolymer prints and cyanotypes. Her photopolymer intaglio prints focus on the mysterious, complex, and often fraught relationship between humans, animals, and the natural environment. In some pieces, the paper itself is made from invasive river plants. After 17 years as a college professor, she now teaches as a core faculty member at Zea Mays Printmaking, as well as privately. She shows at Bromfield Gallery in Boston.

 

 

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