Loralie Clemmensen

Printmaking

 

The rural Ontario Landscape in which I live is my subject, expressed through the technique of linocut relief printmaking. I am drawn by the effects which result from the relationship between man and nature. While this relationship is generally perceived to be negative, the landscape we see around us, whether it is urban, rural, or so- called wilderness, is always a creation of the combined influences of man and nature. This inevitable interaction need not always be a negative and, in fact, can result in great beauty.

Reduction linocut printing is an exhilarating technique in that there is no going back and correcting after the carving of each layer is done. While there is always the risk of failure (whole editions have been discarded after many layers of work) I enjoy the challenge of “thinking backwards” and incorporating the unexpected results which appear with every layer in order to achieve a good result.