“The work in this show expresses my interest and delight in both the natural and man-made worlds. The pieces are all relief prints. I began as a painter but for the past 15 years, I have become increasingly interested in exploring what can be made with block prints. My imagery usually begins with direct observation or recollections of places or things I remember. Carving into linoleum to create shapes and texture areas to make an image requires a different thought process than painting resulting in a simplified and a more abstract image. This allows me to get beyond the only visible and to discover the essence of my experience. I find myself seeing subject matter in new ways. Fewer options mean each part of the image has to carry more implied content and I need to simplify or distill my subject or idea. My block prints also use a limited palette and this gives me new opportunities to see how colors interact.
Visit The Brinton Museum May 4 to May 29, 2019 to view Ginnie Madsen’s exhibit in the Northern Trust Gallery.
“Most of my imagery starts with first-hand observations of the world around me. The pieces in this show were created by carving into a linoleum plate to create shapes and texture areas and results in a simplified or abstracted image. Each color is created by carving and printing additional layers. I use a printing process that results in a limited, hand-printed edition, usually between 8 and 12 prints.
I grew up in Chicago, moved to the West in the ’70s. I raised a family in Laramie, have an MFA from the University of Wyoming and had the opportunity to teach drawing, sculpture and printmaking classes at UW for about 10 years. It was in teaching printmaking that I became interested in that process which is now my primary art medium.”