Push Pull Print III – Doreen Crockett

She came into the studio and has done what no other artist has yet to do in regards to the Push Pull Print art show. She did not have an image for her screen…..instead she showed up with flowers, vines and petals from her gardens. She placed them under an entirely open screen and printed on top of them leaving them to be her stencil. After the first print she moved them around in a different configuration and did this so for a couple of hours. Doreen told me she wanted to let go and attempt to not have so much control over her piece. She is always trying to control her art and wanted to just let loose on this one. I’ll say she sure did and achieved some interesting looking results and a process I would not be surprised to see copied in the future for the show.

Doreen’s words:

For years I have been trying to push the boundaries of my painting and drawing with little real
success. The results have been disappointing to me, never a real departure from a controlled
representation of nature. Never a true enough representation to make it interesting or
satisfying. This opportunity to push the boundaries of my art-making provided me with a chance
to let go completely of a predetermined image, push the boundaries of the screen printing
technique and then pursue the passages and patterns that resulted. I chose to superimpose
physical elements from nature over an existing photo-lithograph, screenprinting a layer of ink
over both layers and then working into the image with ink and watercolor. This was a departure
from both painting and printing, while combining parts of both.

My understanding of art is that it is the distillation of the experience of living through the artist’s
eyes. No two people experience the world in the same way. Through this past year I have been
privileged to be present at birth and at death. I have studied the shadows and bright points of
light in the film images of my own body, knowing somewhere in the chaos there may be an
already predetermined future. These experiences have given new meaning to a way of working
that feels like the beginning of a satisfying connection to the work I do in the future.


is coming to Doylestown, PA

October 13, 2012 From 1-5PM

Estetiks – 5 S. Main Street

The House of Coffee – 22 North Main Street

Vine and Fig Tree Bistro – 19 East Sate Street (2-5PM)
For more info please call me 215-249-3625 or visit the artist group on Facebook

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