Hybrid images that invite the viewer to contemplate unexpected possibilities

Featured artist: Christine Style

Measured Moment: Taoism: The Void, by Christine Style, Color lithography over digital print on Arches for an ISMS Print Portfolio, 2005
Images of all kinds are available to us as sources of inspiration and reflection. Artists today can draw upon a variety of images in visual art and culture that signify a particular time period and that are embedded with meaning. Through layering and juxtaposing seemingly disconnected images I invent hybrid images that invite the viewer to contemplate unexpected possibilities and ideas. In my recent mixed media prints I layer images from many sources including old medical books, vintage advertising, how-to diagrams, and Victorian decorative illustrations. Using the computer as a compositional tool has enabled me to layer and combine images with a new-found speed and flexibility. I produce digital prints that I work further with traditional print and drawing media or create film positives for light-based intaglio or lithographic prints. What is digital and what is drawing/painting/print are hard to distinguish in my work and I am interested in the blurring that results. Many of the mixed-media prints that are part of the ‘Measured Moments” series are mounted onto prepared wood so there is no frame or glazing obstructing the surface and one work is comprised of sets of three to fifteen individual units.

As a Wisconsin native I have been directly or indirectly involved with WP&S/WAAM since the 1970’s when my mother, Ruth Muehlmeier, was president of the organization. For the past two decades I have taught printmaking and graphic design at UW-Green Bay. I am currently on the WP&S/WAAM State board of directors and am State treasurer.

Christine Style has her B.S in Art from UW-Madison; M.F.A. in printmaking from UW-Milwaukee; and is currently Associate Professor of Art and chair of art at UW-Green Bay. stylec@uwgb.edu / www.uwgb.edu/art

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Measured Moment: Taoism: The Void, by Christine Style, Color lithography over digital print on Arches for an ISMS Print Portfolio, 2005 Measured Moments: Displacement A, 7.5" X 24", 2005 Measured Moments: Stroke 1, 7.5" X 24", 2006
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