Erin Jorgensen's Profile

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I am an artist living in the La Crosse area, currently focusing on relief printmaking. I studied art at Luther College and have continued making prints in my home studio since then.

My block prints are made by carving a design into a flat block of linoleum, inking the raised surface, pressing paper onto it, and pulling the paper off to reveal the carved image in reverse. The process can be very simple, like using a stamp, or it can be very complex, involving multiple blocks and colors and burnishing methods. I use my hands and a hand-held burnishing tool to press the paper against the block, instead of using a mechanical press. My prints are mostly open-edition, meaning I don't set a limit to how many prints I will make from a carved block. This has given me some freedom to experiment with different colors and papers, revisit old imagery in new ways, and sell prints on demand…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 28
  • Joined February 9, 2012

Favorite materials

paper, ink, linoleum

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Erin Jorgensen Art

About

I am an artist living in the La Crosse area, currently focusing on relief printmaking. I studied art at Luther College and have continued making prints in my home studio since then.

My block prints are made by carving a design into a flat block of linoleum, inking the raised surface, pressing paper onto it, and pulling the paper off to reveal the carved image in reverse. The process can be very simple, like using a stamp, or it can be very complex, involving multiple blocks and colors and burnishing methods. I use my hands and a hand-held burnishing tool to press the paper against the block, instead of using a mechanical press. My prints are mostly open-edition, meaning I don't set a limit to how many prints I will make from a carved block. This has given me some freedom to experiment with different colors and papers, revisit old imagery in new ways, and sell prints on demand.

Before carving a linoleum block, I usually start with a drawing. I draw either on paper or directly on the block and let it evolve from there. I work with it until it makes a successful image or conveys the feeling or concept that I am looking for. If it's not successful as a whole, I look for successful elements or reference points from which to build. I am very process-oriented. When creating imagery, I usually decide what to do along the way, rather than plan it all out from the start. My imagery is imaginative and intuitive, but also borrows heavily from observations of the natural world.

I have prints at Nisse House of Art in Westby, Wisconsin and at People's Food Coop in La Crosse. I occasionally have a presence at regional art fairs. As I settle into my home studio and build healthy art practices, my goal is to have more work accessible locally and online.

Read my recent interview with Driftward Press: http://bit.ly/1DOi2LN

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