Sinopia Artist of the Month June 2011: Betty Friedman

Betty Friedman Oakland, CA

Sinopia is proud to introduce our June 2011 Artist of the Month: Betty Friedman. Betty Friedman is a paper maker, printmaker and a professor of art at the Notre Dame de Namur University.

#152 intaglio on handmade paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2007

#134 intaglio on handmade paper, 26 x 57 inches

Betty Friedman says of her work: "I always begin summer by making paper. The weather is warm in Oakland and I can dry my sheets outdoors quickly. The ritual of beating pulp, coloring vats of paper pulp with beautiful pigments and couching sheets helps me decompress from the stress of teaching. It stimulates my creative energy. I make all the raw material for the coming year of printing.

#187 intaglio on handmade paper, 30 x 38 inches

#191 intaglio on handmade paper, 26 x 31 inches

In printmaking, paper is the vehicle for ink. It affects the color, size, weight, texture and even the longevity of a print. Papermaking opens up a whole world of possibilities in printmaking. I can combine intensely colored paper with images printed with intaglio in ink. I can use long textured fibers like kozo with inked lines. I can make very large paper for diptychs and triptychs from cotton and abaca, changing the scale of a print from intimate to large scale or life-size.

My handmade paper is very strong. It holds up through many passes in the etching press under tremendous pressure and still prints beautifully."

#162 intaglio on handmade paper, 14 x 11 inches

#156 intaglio on handmade paper, 24 x 18 inches

all copyrighted images are displayed by written permission from the artist

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