Artist Statement

I love the boldness of black and white design and the shapes defined by pattern. I love playing with balance and the interactions of positive and negative space. For me, the linocut is a perfect medium through which to explore these visual and conceptual challenges. It allows me to be brave and spontaneous. At the same time, its simplicity keeps me from taking myself too seriously.

Gourds as Inspiration

Gourds as Inspiration

Spotted Feathers

Spotted Feathers

But, I am also drawn to my immediate natural surroundings – frequently to my own back yard. For me, the familiar is a source of endless wonder, wisdom, and whimsy. Pebbles have remarkable shapes. Leaves tell many fine stories. There is no end to what I may learn from a pear, crabgrass, or a chicken. The familiar, like the world at-large, is a beautiful, changeable, and ultimately unknowable place. This is reason enough to protect it and to delight in it.

About the Art Work

My prints are all limited edition linocuts – relief prints cut from battle ship grey linoleum. Some were created last year and some only yesterday. All are printed on museum quality paper, numbered, and signed.

Relief printing is arguably our oldest method of print making. As a process, it involves cutting areas away from a smooth printing block. The remaining surface (i.e., that which has not been cut away) stands out in relief and forms the printing surface. Ink is applied to this raised surface and the block pressed, much like a stamp, onto paper, fabric, etc. to obtain the printed image. The finished print is a mirror image, or left right reversal, of the block.

In the finished print, the paper appears where the block has been cut away; the ink color where it has not been cut. Multiple colors can be obtained by cutting separate blocks for each color, by using the more sophisticated “subtraction” technique, or by hand coloring the image after it has been printed.

All the prints displayed here are available both framed and unframed. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact me, Laura B. DeLind via this website.

The Linocut

Linoleum is made from compressed cork and linseed oil and provides an excellent medium for this printing process. It is smooth, soft enough to cut easily and free of grain or an imposed cutting direction. At the same time, the “crumbly” texture of linoleum resists fine lines or close detail giving linocuts their characteristic high contrasts and broad color areas. It is a material which readily accepts tooling marks and allows for a spontaneity of design. Because the materials are relatively inexpensive and the print making process quite immediate, linocuts are an accessible and democratic art form. For these reasons, linocuts have been used historically to create popular and political broadsides .They also are a popular medium for many artists, the most notable being Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Lionell Fenninger.