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Cynthia Back

My artwork celebrates landscape. I am immersed in nature: from a window, walking in it, standing and listening to its sounds, watching shadows and colors dance across water and foliage. My sense of the natural world is life-affirming, healing, immersive, and contemplative. Design and abstract qualities enthuse. Inspiration is found in the excitement of seeing a familiar place take on a new aura, the changes of season and weather, and the scale of subject, from the immediate found at one’s feet to sweeping panoramas.

My attraction to printmaking comes from a fascination with the many ways I am able to play with images, determining the appropriate processes, juxtaposing shapes and colors, and changing the feel of my work by the aesthetic choices I make. In making reduction prints only one plate is used which is inked with the first color, that color cutaway, inked with the next, cut away, and this continues until the image is made, each color overlaying the colors underneath. I love the discipline of the reduction relief printmaking process and the surprises which come with each layering of color.

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