Saturday, August 30, 2014

Internal Dialogues: New Works by Maria Doering

My Solo Exhibition "Internal Dialogues" is going to open at Swoon Gallery in Hammond Plains, NS. September 6th. 2-5pm and will run until September 28th. I am thrilled to be able to exhibit this body of work that I have created over the span of the last 4 years. The 35 pieces shown will be a mix of mixed media pattern paintings and portrait/pattern combinations. Each painting has a printed linocut or lithograph collaged into the background. 

48"x 30"
Acrylics with linocut on canvas
Date of completion: 2014

Emotional Shift
12" x 12"
Acrylics and Linocut on Wood panel
Date of completion 2014

Complexity of Sensation
Acrylics, knitted thread and linocut on canvas
Date of completion: 2013

6" x 6"
Acrylics and linocut on wood panel
Date of completion: 2014

30" x 40"
Acrylics, knitted yarn, lithograph on canvas
Date of completion: 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A year of carving and a summer of linocuts

About one year ago I went and drove from one Flooring supply shop to the next until someone had some left over scraps of Marmoleum, Flooring Linoleum that they wanted to donate to me. Those scraps ended up being a huge roll with at least 15 yards in length. I promptly cut myself several 3x3 ft pieces off mounted them onto plywood with non-toxic contact cement and now they are ready to be carved.
When I create linocut I don't blacken the surface anymore, I will just create my drawing with permanent marker and while I carve I will decide what gets carved and what stays behind. 

Carving in our old apartment. 

Carving in my old studio

Proofing the first two big 3x3ft linos on the large Etching Press in NSCADs print department.

In the meantime I had left over scraps that I mounted to small 6x6 inch blocks, 12x12 inch blocks and 2 24x24inch blocks

Then we bought a house with a little backyard and moved into it early this summer. 
Now I get to carve outside. 

It's been a gorgeous summer in Dartmouth and I have spent as much of it outside as possible. Carving. 

These are little 6x6 inch blocks that I was proofing earlier in the summer: 

I am experimenting with combinations of the linos and figurative lithographs.
The lino pattern will have several tasks. They can stand on there own, they will become backgrounds or foregrounds of figurative works and they are going to be part of a huge installations project that I have been working on over the past 6 months. In the next two weeks I am going to print a proof of every lino I have carved in this series. It's going to be interesting. In the past I would proof or print before I started a new linocut, but with this series I have just been carving without seeing what the printed outcome will look like. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Offical Launch of

Doering Editions finally has it's own website. After working on the project since 2010 it was about time! Amazing thanks to my amazing husband for putting together the site! Exciting times!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Doering Editions Presents N.S. Belt Heads by François Morelli

Quebec artist François Morelli and I have been working together since 2010. He needed someone to translate his large and intensely textured ink drawings of belt heads into linocuts. After hundreds of hours of carving we printed the first four belt heads by hand in his studio last year. Photos of that adventure can be found here. François creates his drawings directly on linoleum and I proceed to carve them meticulously. We then print them together.

When my husband and I moved to Nova Scotia in 2012, we took François' newest drawing on linoleum with us and I continued to carve. Over the year, another large one and four smaller blocks followed. Since the spring of this year, François and I had been planning to bring him to Nova Scotia for a session of printing. I discovered that NSCAD University has a very large printing press which fits the most recent blocks. We negotiated and after discussions NSCAD was interested in letting us print in their facilities and combine it with a visiting artist talk/exhibition.

On November 12 François arrived for his 12 day stay to realize and print the newest N.S. Belt Head editions. Below are photos of the printing process.

First of the two large blocks, setting up the Heritage Press in the NSCAD Printmaking department.  

After printing the first proof, François and I carved back into the linocut to make corrections to the original image.

After 4 different proofs we printed the first time on 38x50 inch Stonehenge paper. This is the embossment on the back of the print. 

Paper alignment had to be fixed but otherwise we were ready to print a B.A.T. 

Detailed photos of the carving on the block before printing on the third day. 

Editioning the first N.S. Belt Head.

I did all the inking on all the prints throughout the printing process. 

Finished Edition of 10, 1 B.A.T (Bon à Tirer) , 4 TPs (Trial Proofs) and several proofs on newsprint. 

Then we started proofing N.S. Belt Head 2, again carving back into the linocut to make corrections.

Proof with red correction marks. 

François and I carving away.

Editioning N.S. Belt Head 2. 

Detail shoots of N.S. Belt Head 2.

Printing Process - placing Paper on the inked  lino block

One piece of newsprint for cushion.

Two Vinyl (Pleather) Blankets.



It took us a while to figure out the perfect way to lift the rather stiff Stonehenge paper without any smudging and shifting. 

All four corners at once. 

Finishing the Edition of N.S. Belt Head 2.
Edition of 10, 2 Trial Proofs and several newsprint proofs.

Next up we proofed four little belt heads.
After the first proof, François decided he doesn't like the black background.

Exciting things happen with the little belt head hanging out.
A whole belt head family? 

Lots of carving. 

Clips & Pins. 

Inking and proofing the little guys. 

The first Trial Proof of one of the little heads. 

DOERING editions is honoured to work on this extensive project with François and is excited for further projects.
Thank you to François Morelli, the NSCAD printmaking department, the Anna Leonowens Gallery and everyone who stopped by to say hello during the printing process.
 It's been an adventure and pleasure!