Roxanne L. Smith-Mansell

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

 

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Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Remnant of College Days with Blue

collage from old prints

18″ x 24″

 

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Remnant of College Days with Red

collage from old prints

18″ x 24″

 

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Remnant of College Days with Embers

collage from old prints

18″ x 24″

 

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Remnant of College Days with Green

collage from old prints

18″ x 24″

 


 

Bio

I grew up in the Cleveland area and moved to Columbus to attend The Columbus College of Art and Design. I had hopes of being an illustrator but soon realized that was not for me. I switched to Fine Arts and Majored in Printmaking. I graduated from CCAD in 1987. I went to St. Louis to study Printmaking at Washington University where I earned my Master of Fine Arts 1990. I moved back to Columbus and have been employed as a graphic/production artist ever since. Whenever I have the opportunity, I make art and exhibit in the Columbus area.

 


 

Statement

My Series is titled Remnants of College Days.

I created these pieces by cutting up and repurposing woodcut prints I made in graduate school. I’m hoping to bring new life to work that has been in boxes for more than 25 years.

Some of the patterns in the original prints were inspired by the shape of the knot-hole fill shape (I looked it up and it’s called a lens, or Vesica piscis and/or mandorla). I liked that shape and used it as a recurring pattern in the original prints. Some of the other textures were made with melted wax in grooves I had made in the wood blocks. I was also fascinated by hieroglyphics at the time, so some of the carvings in the wax areas resemble symbols. To achieve the wood grain texture in these reduction woodcuts, I printed black ink first then followed that with one or two prints with white ink.
I made a few collages using these prints a few years ago but I decided to revisit these prints again. This time I thought they would work better with added color and dimension so I have cut them apart, added painted paper, and some depth using matte board and foam core and put them together as collages.