Saturday, January 28, 2017

Soledad's Gulf Distortion XII is a part of the collection at National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

Gulf Distortion XII 2011 color screenprint with interference pigments on mylar overall
57.15 × 82.55 cm (22 1/2 × 32 1/2 in.)

Here is the link to the work.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Internship Experience

I'm loving my internship with Soledad at Sol Print Studios. I get to practice and perfect my process as I assist contemporary artists in 4-day workshops. What's more, Sol's innovative approach to print inspires and informs my own practice. I've learned a lot during my time here - solar etching, sewing, incorporating alternative materials and transparency into my works, etc. Also, Intern artists are treated really well here - rides to the printshop and back are always offered, and healthy, delicious lunches are common occurrences. This is an internship like no other.

Danqi Cai, Fall2016
Danqi is a printmaking BFA candidate
at the Maryland Institute College of Art,
graduating in May 2019.

Danqi's solar etching and monotype print while interning at Sol Print Studios

Sol Print Studios has the type of environment that we only stumble upon a few times in our lives…if we’re lucky. It’s a professional space filled with encouragement and experimentation from Soledad Salamé herself. I had fun everyday with Soledad, Mariska, Mike, and friends and colleagues that would stop by to offer their opinions and advice.  Everyday there was a new challenge to overcome with creative solutions. As soon as I started working at Sol Print Studios, I felt like a part of the team. My suggestions were just as appreciated as others, and my opinions were always validated. I never felt like the stereotypical intern, I always felt included.  We worked on several projects at the same time so I got experience in many different kinds of printmaking. For one of the projects, we went to George Mason University in Virginia to make paper and do some pulp painting. During my time at Sol Print Studio, I learned so many different techniques that I never even knew existed. I knew nothing about printmaking when I first contacted Soledad, and by the end of the summer I felt confident printing on my own. It was such an eye opening experience and I learned more than I ever could have hoped for.

Maggie Walton, Summer 2016
Senior art major with an emphasis in graphic design
at the University of Georgia,
Graduating in the Fall of 2017. 

Maggie's Solarplate relief

Recommendation by Cara Ober 2017

Here's the link to the article

Saturday, January 21, 2017

INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices

Randi Reiss-McCormack "Paper Boy"  27" x 35" Solarplate etching with chine colle on paper, 2016

Congratulations to Randi Reiss-McCormack and our intern Danqi Cai! whose works have been selected by curator Helen Frederick for the exhibition “INK IT: Contemporary Print Practices”

The works will be on view in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts
Location: 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Date: Saturday, February 11 – Saturday, March 11, 2017

 Danqi Cai "My Badge Says I Can Do No Wrong. My Badge Says I Can Do No Wrong? My Badge Says I Can Do No Wrong"  10" x 10" Inkjet print and woodcut, 2016

Description: This project shows how categories of persons (in this case, authorities) are performative and need to be repeated so as to establish themselves. Each time the category is repeated, there's a chance that it could be disrupted. The two rows of prints show the repetition and the disruption