Friday, April 06, 2012
Printmaking at Penland by Jenifer Padilla
I recently had the opportunity to study printmaking at Penland, where I was part of the Winter Printmaking Residency. The equipment and facilities were extraordinary and state of the art. The campus was beautiful and extremely inspiring. In the 17 days I was there I created a body of work based on the environment at Penland. I experimented with monoprints, monotypes, then aluminum plate lithography and finally stone lithography.
I created a body of work based on my surroundings at Penland: the local birds, powerlines, the Penland water tower and found objects. I did not take this time away from the “real world” for granted – I was extremely motivated by my instructor, the amazing studio space and equipment and the peaceful environment at Penland. I also had the privilege of being surrounded by a group of very talented artists and instructors from all over the county.