Size: 8"W x 8"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
I enjoy hand printing my work. The process is intimate and ensures that each work I create is unique and rich in color and detail. I use a metal spoon and bamboo batam to burnish the ink from the linoleum onto the fabric for this bluebird. This process is time-consuming and often labor intensive, but rewarding. I have been drawn to birds for years. They seem tame-dining at our feeders on suet or trilling beautifully from the trees, but they are very much wild creatures. For this bluebird, I wanted to capture a wild beating moment of flight, almost a mid-air turn, when wings must almost beat backwards to reverse the course. Birds breed and fly and develop their own systems for survival. That intersection between domesticity and the wild is fascinating to me, both in birds, and in our own experiences. I seek to capture that in my prints.
Amy Raubenolt is a printmaker who creates linoleum prints of natural subjects, primarily wild birds. This technique involves hand carving a drawing into wood mounted linoleum blocks. The color is mixed and rolled out, then printed by hand via careful burnishing with a metal spoon and a bamboo batam. The finished result is unique and original, with no two prints in alike. Amy's work explores the intersection between freedom and domesticity, by portraying wild birds in moments of tranquility and in flight. She sees these birds as symbols for our own borderland experiences between wild and tame. Amy's work was recently featured at the Urbana Evening of the Arts and the Gahanna Gallery Hop. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Westerville, Ohio with her husband and three daughters.