Visiting artist Lynn Peterfreund dedicated a week to the Island to share with students the craft of printmaking — a passion that developed for her in a high school art class.
“I like printmaking because I’m able to create something that people can afford to have, which is something really important to me,” she said.
Lynn uses a combination of materials to create her prints, including rollers, brushes, spatulas, cloth, and Tarleton. She said she tries to create each image so that it has a certain character and a particular lyrical mood. Much of her work uses a layering technique that makes each image unique.
“It’s hard to be a printmaker and not enjoy having something that you can’t repeat,” she said. “If you are a person that likes variation and pushing an idea, then you are someone who will like printmaking.”
Lynn describes printmaking as revolving around the element of surprise, which is something that she enjoys. Her most recent work consists of 206 monotypes, or one-of-a-kind prints, of crows that are woven together seamlessly to simulate an animation. The work is hopeful, showing our necessity to go through obstacles in life and be successful, she explained.
“It can be complicated, knowing what you want and having several different ways of getting it,” she said. “But I love that moment of quiet where you are just the printer.”
To view the animation and other pieces of Lynn’s work, visit www.lynnpeterfreund.com