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Artists of the Outback Creative] Joan Mullarvey

Artists of the Outback Creative] Joan Mullarvey

Artist of the Outback Creative - Joan Mullarvey

Why do you make your art?

It's a passion, I am happiest working in my studio, a large room within my house. it is a wonderful light filled space, a space that is my own with my beautiful press the main focus. Friends and family love watching the process of creating each print, which I feel is a wonderful way to share the understanding of printmaking.


How do you make your art?

Printmaking is very tactile and physical. It involves making plates by filing, sanding, carving, cutting and various forms of mark making before you begin to prepare your paper for printing. I plan the process, the subject and use traditional printmaking methods. My aim is to tell a story often using many layers, therefore, even with all my planning when the creative process starts, this could lead me in a different direction whilst at the same time retaining the main focus of the subject matter.

What does it mean to you?

Printmaking is mysterious and unpredictable. It is my voice; it takes me on a journey to explain my connectedness to something bigger. I can relive travels, tell stories or be spontaneous; my work may be abstract or representational, whichever aspect I choose, it is always new and exciting. There is no better feeling for a printmaker than that magical moment when you lift the paper from the press...

Who, What & Where inspires you?

Anything and everything, it can be very random. Generally speaking inspiration comes from my local environment, visually describing the raw tactile beauty of our rural and inland area. By drawing on elements of Neolithic Art enables me to explore themes of connectiveness and I express this in a symbolic way by overlapping cultural beliefs and ideas. This gives my art different meaning to different people.

What makes your art unique?

All disciplines of printmaking are exciting, frustration and challenging, but Monoprints I find the most rewarding. The fact that they can just evolve or be planned is both challenging and satisfying. Monoprints cross the border between painting and printmaking. Each print is an original work of art, created by hand and printed by hand.