A Tradition: Kent State Print Media


2nd FLOOR GALLERY

Aselection of artwork from alumni, students, staff, and faculty of the Print Media and Photography department at Kent State University, co-curated by graduate students Alex AnthesAmirah Cunningham, and Brittany Gorelick, and Professor J. Leigh Garcia

Special thanks to Bradley Hart, Summit Artspace resident artist, for photography of virtual exhibitions!

If you would like to purchase any art, please visit a staff member or volunteer in the Main Gallery, or email natalie@summitartspace.org.

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1
Chandler Mack | Making Do | NFS
Photo etchings and hand stitching

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2
Alex Anthes
| Untitled | $650 ($400 Unframed)
Collagraph, gesso

Artist Statement: In my work I investigate time as it relates to memory; And memory as it relates to my own narratives around: My family history, my gender and identity, and my overall perceived relationships to people and my environment. What I know to be true, is that memory can be imprecise and diluted; Like all information, it has the capacity to corrupt; And simultaneously be visceral

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3
Chandler Mack
| Home-Spun Realities No. 3 | NFS
Pigment print and hand stitching

Artist Statement: Chandler Mack is a photographer and printmaker currently working and residing in Kent, OH. A recent graduate of Kent State University, she uses a mixture of personal photographs and archival imagery to create photo etchings which are then hand stitched together to create a cohesive print. Her work mostly focuses on growing up in the Rust Belt of America and her hometown of Youngstown, OH. Finding beauty in the mundane, and run down remains of what was once a booming industry town.

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4
Mae Pfeifer
| The Lighthouse | $60
Intaglio print submission

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5
Nina Bartaglia
| Got No Time For Spreading Roots | $30
Lithograph

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6
Benjamin Krampitz
| And… We Still Are | $150
Intaglio print submission

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7
Claire Bowman
| All of this disappointment is choking me | NFS
Serigraphy and lithography

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8
Shelby Driver
| Copy No. | $60
Letterpress print on paper

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9
Boyce Bivens
| Dandy | $35
Risograph

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10
Alex Anthes
| Prayed | $650 ($400 Unframed)
Woodblock, gel pen, gesso

Artist Statement: In my work I investigate time as it relates to memory; And memory as it relates to my own narratives around: My family history, my gender and identity, and my overall perceived relationships to people and my environment. What I know to be true, is that memory can be imprecise and diluted; Like all information, it has the capacity to corrupt; And simultaneously be visceral.

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11
Sarah Schlosser
| Lungs | $1,500
Naturally dyed handmade paper, charcoal, conte crayon

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12
Brittany Gorelick
| Dysmorphia | NFS
Woodcut on fabric, stuffed and hung

Artist Statement: Brittany Gorelick uses printmaking processes to visually express the physical and mental manifestations of mental illness by abstracting the figure and using expressive marks.

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13
Nina Battaglia
| From Calabria & Back | NFS
Serigraph

Artist Statement: The portrayal of a biological narrative that stems from my ancestors to myself is what drives my artistic practice. I spent my formative years in an environment centered around a respect for the gifts of nature which has significantly influenced much of my work. Deep rooted family traditions, childhood memories, and environmental themes are represented through both realistic and abstract elements, much like memories themselves. My collaged and multi-layered prints are a reflection of my own life experiences and relationship with nature. With these ideas in mind, I use my art as a way to tell stories and celebrate cultural ideals that emerge through layers of printmaking, drawing, and photography.

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14
Kristina Lattime
| Untitled | $300
Linocut and serigraphy

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15
Hope Ashley
| I replay my footsteps | $45 each
Ink on Stonehenge

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16
Brittany Gorelick
| Anxietytype I | $325
Monotype and photo transfer on transparent Yupo

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17
Kristina Lattime
| Psychosis | $700
Woodblock monotype

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18
Amirah Cunningham
| And they stare | $600
Silk screen

Artist Statement: My Artistic practice explores the Black experience in America. I use techniques such as Printmaking and drawing creating mixed media works of art to communicate my ideas. My interests lie in the Who, Where’s and Why’s of American history. These basic questions help me to gather information to tell a horrifying tale of how I have come to be. In this moment, the past, future and the present intersect and it feels as if nothing has changed. My fascination with the Black community and its relationship to America has lead to the use of lines and repetition in the work. A common symbol utilized in my work is the Tally mark. It is primarily used as a symbol of time while simultaneously used to represent a Jail cell. This symbol is often manipulated to resemble waves. This symbol changes forms frequently to specify corruption in the system. My body of work is calling attention to the things we know are there and turn a blind eye to. Slavery in America was not abolished, it was rebranded. The work revisits this rebranding using comparisons between slavery and Mass Incarceration. Focusing on the disenfranchisement of the black community to benefit a thriving system as a result of White supremacy. Although we are moving forward and tackling many problems and belief systems that have poisoned our nation; The difficult truth we face remains in the fact that this is not new phenomenon, it is simply a new dimension of an older one.

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19
Tara Segars
| Bubblegum Pop | NFS
Lego letterpress, silkscreen

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20
Tara Segars
| Strawberry Dream | NFS
Lego letterpress, silkscreen

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21
McKinzie Trotta
| Meeting | $90
Engraving

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22
Susanna Harris
| The Nature of Loss | $500
Blind embossment, hand cut paper, with ink and paint on back

Artist Statement: As I consider my personal, and collective experiences with loss, disease, and grief I create installations with print media to explore the interconnectedness of ecological destruction, human fragility, and resilience. Nature has always served as a sanctuary for me in helping process, and accept the events I have no control in changing. I am interested in nature’s reclamation and the contextual parallels that has with rebirth after hardship. I look for moments in plants, fungi, and other botanical specimens to create magnified, imagined interpretations of the awe, and wonder they invoke. I use the materiality of paper altered through hand cutting, deeply embossing, and inking to create organic forms with color altered shadows. I start with photographs I take, and then designs are hand drawn and turned into digital line images. These are used to create the printing matrix or plate using a laser cutter, or a Dremel by hand. Each plate is used to transfer imagery onto paper which is then cut by hand. Each intricate layer is stacked together and fluoresces onto the layer behind it creating an ominously unnatural glow.

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23
Susanna Harris
| Fading Away | $500
Blind embossment with hand burnt edges and painted back

Artist Statement: As I consider my personal, and collective experiences with loss, disease, and grief I create installations with print media to explore the interconnectedness of ecological destruction, human fragility, and resilience. Nature has always served as a sanctuary for me in helping process, and accept the events I have no control in changing. I am interested in nature’s reclamation and the contextual parallels that has with rebirth after hardship. I look for moments in plants, fungi, and other botanical specimens to create magnified, imagined interpretations of the awe, and wonder they invoke. I use the materiality of paper altered through hand cutting, deeply embossing, and inking to create organic forms with color altered shadows. I start with photographs I take, and then designs are hand drawn and turned into digital line images. These are used to create the printing matrix or plate using a laser cutter, or a Dremel by hand. Each plate is used to transfer imagery onto paper which is then cut by hand. Each intricate layer is stacked together and fluoresces onto the layer behind it creating an ominously unnatural glow.

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24 & 25
Chandler Brutscher
| Greener on the Other Side | NFS
Silkscreen on mylar

Artist Statement: I am a record-keeper of objects destined to be disposed. Whether utilitarian or sentimental, I document a moment of these objects’ lives in either literal or abstracted ways. By recording disposable objects with archival tools, I reflect on my personal interaction and consumption of resources, and ask questions about material value. Through a variety of print media such as silkscreen, lithography, intaglio, and relief printing, I maintain my records in the form of prints, books, collages, soft sculptures, or installations. Whether printing the physical object, itself, exposing it onto a screen, imprinting its texture on stone, or simulating its form and shape in space, it is the unique mark and shape of objects that I strive to document, and I use printmaking to mediate the mark.

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Claire Bowman
| Often I wonder if others see through me | NFS
Serigraphy and lithography

Artist Statement: The digital world of social media and online personas has created a secondary reality for many of us who have to deal within these spaces. How I see myself in these spaces and how I see myself when apart from them have become two very distinctly diverging aspects of myself. There is the person who is consumed by the internet’s simulacrum, drawn in by the falseness of filters and photoshop, and there is also the artist, trained in recording observation and the filter of my mind. How do these two people self reflect? How do they differently observe and analyze? How do they conjoin and each warp the way I interact with my reflection?

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27
Taryn McMahon
| Closed System | $600
Screenprint and lithography

Artist Statement: When asked to imagine nature, a sublime landscape untouched by human hands comes to mind. Why do we consider ourselves outside of nature, and how can art, through its depictions of the natural world, disrupt culturally constructed views of nature to impact our understanding of the natural world and our place within it? These questions guide my creative practice, which uses digital photographs and drawings from visits to ecological sites to investigate our relationship to the natural world. My artworks interrogate ways that these spaces project our own desires and fantasies of the natural world and our place within it. I blend digital and hand drawn print processes to further explore how our interactions with the natural world are mediated through technology, and are thus fragmented and selective. Through my work, I imagine a future ecology in which technology and reality are collapsed into each other and the natural and the manmade have become intertwined and indistinguishable in the face of unprecedented ecological change. Like a DJ spinning sounds culled from disparate sources, the forms are remixed through the filters of printmaking, drawing, digital photography, and collage.

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28
Zachary Clifford
| Never Stops Raining | $50
Risograph, collage, and letterpress

Artist Statement: Whether it’s a protest, direct action or voting or art. I only seek to connect the dots for those who haven’t and embolden those who have to act on finding solutions to the issues my work depicts.

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Zachary Clifford
| Don’t ask me why when the reasons couldn’t be any more apparent | $50
Risograph, collage, and letterpress

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Zachary Clifford
| No room for those who will come apart at the bayonet’s gleam | $50
Risograph, collage, and letterpress

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31
Omid Tavakoli
| New Klan | $250
Archival pigment print on metallic paper

Artist Statement: This image is part of a series of works titled Over Policing which investigates the protest and civic unrest focused on the police since the murder of George Floyd. Using images from media outlets and protestors I digitally manipulate the footage to emphasize the local and federal governments’ response to peaceful protesters all over the world. Protesters against police violence have been greeted by militarized officers with tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and batons. In New Klan, I multiply the figures of Minnesota State troopers in full swat gear creating a line of police officers this wall is then duplicated repeatedly until there is an overwhelming accumulation of bright figures completely covering the middle of the canvas creating a horizon line on a historic image of a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning shot on inferred film creating a colorful image that I then replaced the Klan members with a line of police officers leaving just a pair. The intensified inferred pink paired with the blue and red police-light lit officers creates a seamless integration of past and present in the unwarranted abuse and killings of brown bodies by those in uniform.

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Omid Tavakoli
| A Man Was Lynched Yesterday | $250 
Archival pigment print on metallic paper

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33
Brennan Baumgartner
| Stop Killing Our Sisters | NFS
Woodblock relief

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Brennan Baumgartner
| Keep Your Head Up | NFS
Reduction on Hosho

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35
Amirah Cunningham |
How much a dollar cost 2 | NFS
Screenprint

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J. Leigh Garcia
| Vigilantes | $575
Screenprint

Artist Statement: As a biracial Latina, a seventh-generation Texan of European descent on my mom’s side and granddaughter of Mexican immigrants on my dad’s, I have followed the roots of my own ancestry to shape my artistic practice. Major events in Texas history such as the Mexican-American War, Battle of the Alamo, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and Bracero Program have created a complex relationship between my two cultures: Texans and Mexicans. The residual racial discord that has resulted from these historical moments—particularly, the racialization and displacement of unauthorized Latinx immigrants—is both the context and focus of my work. Through printmaking, papermaking, and installation art, I encourage awareness of our current immigration and foreign affairs policies through the lens of my biracial cultural identity.

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37
Mae Pfeifer
| For the Sandwich… | NFS
Watercolor silkscreen monotype

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38
Sarah Schlosser
| Fragments | $350
Digital illustration and printing, letterpress printed cover, hand bound

Artist Statement: Sarah Schlosser is an interdisciplinary artist and papermaker who recently received her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media and Photography from Kent State University. As an artist, she is passionate about visual storytelling. Her work focuses on blending personal experience with observations of the world, to create a layered visual commentary. As an academic, she is currently researching methods for naturally dying handmade paper. She will continue this research into natural dyes in India on a Fulbright Fellowship. Her goal is to intentionally integrate materials that reflect the subject matter she is conceptualizing to develop a cohesive narrative. Currently she is exploring the patterns and connections between interpersonal abuse and structural abuse though the book as instillation.

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J. Leigh Garcia
| Catching Flies | $400
Screenprint, relief print, rubber band, cardboard

Artist Statement: The United States has put many policies into effect throughout the 21st century to prohibit undocumented immigrants, or in the words of Donald Trump, bad hombres, from entering or staying in the country. However, a 2019 study by The Cato Institute found that “in Texas in 2017, illegal immigrants were 47 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans and legal immigrants were about 65 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans.” In Catching Flies, I imagine U.S. immigration policies as a fly magnet, catching nothing but beautiful monarchs migrating North from our Southern border.

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40
Rachel Kropf
| And So We Make Do | $175
Serigraphy

Artist Statement: I am interested in the theme of houseplants and why we as humans are so drawn to them, why we create natural spaces in our own homes so often. I am also interested in the subject of water, visually and conceptually. It has been said that everyone “has their water”, meaning that if you ask, everyone has their own form of water that they prefer. Whether it be a glass, a pool, a swamp or the ocean, everyone has an answer that says a little bit about them. I am inspired by color and the way different colors interact and flow or reflect one another. Experimenting with color and form is a large part of my practice. Color theory is something that interests me, along with interior design and home settings, or safe spaces. Different mediums such as print media and photography as well as, ceramics, and sculpture allow me to express these ideas.

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Rachel Kropf
| Full House | $175
Serigraphy

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42
Boyce Bivens
| Bodies of Water | $15
Xerox reproduction

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43
Shelby Driver
| Ocean Flora | $80
Monoprint on paper

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