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Natural Confluence | Abby Lichti & Andrea McCallum

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

"Our practice revolves around various printmaking techniques, often letting the materials take over. Process and texture drive us more than the outcome which allows us to be embodied in the tangible experience of each step. Having worked together as monitors at the University of Guelph printmaking studio, we were very familiar with each other’s interests and bodies of work. Outside of the studio, we have taken many walks in the arboretum, pointing out our favourite vignettes, trees and textures as part of the experience. By sharing our separate inspirations, a natural confluence began to emerge. We recognized our shared focus on abstracted elements of nature, so we were eager to collaborate.


For these prints, we created base layers separately to trade and respond to for a second layer. There is an element of play and curiosity because the first layer we will be printing on is not known until we trade. These experimental works are made up of various processes including linocut, screen printing, cyanotypes, monotypes, and drypoint, with additional embossments and materials for supplemental texture. Taking turns when applying each layer encourages us to investigate how such processes work together. Questions of process, order, and consequence add tension to the project."


Abby has been creating cyanotypes using found materials from nature to create compositions that explore opacity and transparency. The variation in these prints makes them a perfect canvas for experimenting with other printmaking processes. Andrea’s base layers sample printmaking processes including intaglio, screen printing and linocut. Though varying in subject matter, her prints feature organic forms ranging from referential to abstract. For the second layers, we were challenged to add to the composition while maintaining our own style and material processes. Responding to each other’s work has been a process of creative and self exploration that we will continue in our collaborative practice.



ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Abby Lichti is an interdisciplinary artist, based in the Region of Waterloo. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Psychology through the University of Guelph. Her work and process often includes printmaking, drawing, and photographic references, with a soft spot for textiles. She finds inspiration in private everyday life encounters, through nature, domesticity, and photographic references intuitively captured throughout her day, that translate to collective human emotions and experiences.


Andrea McCallum is a Guelph-based artist working in printmaking, sculpture and digital media. She enters the metaphysical space between the biological and cosmological by creating organic abstract forms and compositions that feel familiar yet unrecognizable. Her healing and artistic practices overlap for some projects, allowing experiences of the subtle senses a physical embodiment. Andrea graduated with distinction from the Honours Bachelor Degree program in Studio Art at the University of Guelph.

AVAILABLE WORK (Framed)

Untitled 1, 2023

Intaglio and Monotype

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 2, 2023

Cyanotype and Linocut

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 3, 2023

Intaglio and Monotype

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 4, 2023

Cyanotype and Screen Print

5" x 7"

SOLD


Untitled 5, 2023

Intaglio and Monotype

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 6, 2023

Cyanotype and Linocut

5" x 7"

SOLD


Untitled 7, 2023

Intaglio and Monotype

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 8, 2023

Cyanotype and Linocut

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 9, 2023

Intaglio, Monotype and Embossment

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 10, 2023

Cyanotype and Intaglio with Chine Colle

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 11, 2023

Intaglio, Monotype and Embossment

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 12, 2023

Cyanotype and Linocut

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 13, 2023

Intaglio and Monotype

5" x 7"

$120


Untitled 14, 2023

Cyanotype and Screen Print

5" x 7"

$120



100% of sales are given back to the artist!


View the show in-person & online from March 13 to March 27, 2023!







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