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.
My work in printmaking includes photo processes, collagraph, monoprinting, surface design, textiles, and book arts. The connecting thread is my interest in keeping my work open to improvisation while developing generative processes. My source materials are varied and include found objects, drawing, ephemera, digital photos, and photocopies.
I love working with other artists, figuring out which techniques and materials will best support their concepts. My approach to printmaking is rooted in finding a balance between control and inviting accident into the work.
Areas of expertise include:
experimental photo intaglio: photo collagraph, photo silk aquatint, 2-in-1 photo collagraph
gelatin plate monotype
surface design: screen printing on fabric, textile dyes, deconstructed screen printing
textile arts and quilting