As the inaugural Island Press Emerging Artist Fellow in summer 2016, Beeferman’s original idea was to see how—or if—the material processes of printmaking could translate the quality of immateriality typically present in her digital work. We thought about a few things as starting points: picking colors that could print very solid and deep, despite simply going down flat; playing with the idea of the print surface, and how to make the flat shapes feel like they were suspended in a space deeper than the paper; and working with digitally printed forms alongside stenciled or print-made forms to play with what is material, what is done by hand, and what is mechanical. The blues are inks mixed to match Pantone colors similar to what Beeferman normally uses on the computer (RGB 0, 0, 255), and the yellow is a nod to CMYK (process yellow). The three digital images are 1) drawn in Photoshop 2) scanned aluminum foil 3) taken from a video still of a volcano eruption, and colorshifted. They add to the question of what is material and what is digital, as they all are both material and digital, in varying degrees.
Leah Beeferman tests out different materials and approaches early in her fellowship residency.
Interns Rachel Youn and Natalie Rainer look at an early proof with Artist Leah Beeferman.
Master printer Tom Reed lifts the paper on an early proof of Beeferman’s silk collagraph plate.
The first run on each of Beeferman’s prints is a layer of archival inkjet printing from a digital file.
Tom Reed and Lauren Cardenas roll out the paper on the plate to register it before printing.
Tom Reed assists artist Leah Beeferman as she applies materials to a large collagraph plate.
Leah Beeferman shares some insights about her work and her Island Press project with Ann-Maree Walker, Gretchen Wagner, and Eric Lutz, curatorial staff from the Saint Louis Art Museum.
The team - interns Isaac Jaegerman and Rachel Youn, artist Leah Beeferman, and printer Tom Reed - assesses the latest proof fresh after running it through the press.
Editions from this project