2000 MFAOhio University
1995 BFA The Ohio State University
2014 Birke Gallery
2004 Old Dominion University Gallery
2003 Zygote Press
2015 The Art Store
2011 Bradley International Heuser Art Center
2003 International Print Center (New York, NY)
Bob Evans Farms Corporate Headquarters (New Albany, OH)
New Orleans Museum of Art Print Collection
City of Vaasa, Finland
This piece is my reaction to the prompt of being asked to create an artwork using lithography (which is a “planographic” or flat surface printing technique) on a fragile three-dimensional object. My initial attempts at printing from a flexible plate were not successful, due to the mottled surface of the egg, which left little dimples in the image where ink would not stick. I resolved this problem by printing in the traditional manner on lightweight paper using a litho press, then adhering the paper to the surface of the egg. This process created wrinkles as the two dimensional sheet was forced to conform to the three-dimensional surface. Rather than remove the wrinkles, I applied a second layer of imagery, then washes of oil paint, layered with varnish and sanding to create a weathered, distressed surface reminiscent of fossils and sedimentary rock.
The image is that of the skeletal remains of the dinosaur “Archaeopteryx Lithographica”. This creature was discovered in lithographic limestone (hence the name), and represents the link between dinosaurs and modern birds. The “nest” is made of fragments of artist-grade lithographic limestone.
I was unable to resist the connection between lithography and this enormous egg. Although Archaeopteryx was likely hatched from a much smaller egg, as the adult animal was only about the size of a chicken, I wanted to react to original purpose and structure of the egg, rather than just use it as a shape on which to apply some image. The completed piece is composed of equal parts painting, sculpture, lithography and imagination.