Observing people was always my way of comprehending the world around me, and interpreting them on paper my effort to communicate back with the world. Having said that, I don’t consider my prints to be a series of portraits and human figures, but rather an exploration of the human condition, mood, and state of mind.
My printmaking is based upon my drawing background combined with solarplate etching, one of the more recent printmaking techniques that uses sunlight and water. With this approach I usually create charcoal or pencil drawings on transparent media and etch them directly onto the solarplate. Through my prints, I’m attempting to preserve the quality of the fine lines in traditional drawing, and the chiaroscuro nature of a charcoal drawing. Coming from the world of drawing, the experimental world of hand-pulled prints inspires and excites me, offering me the possibility to explore the same subject in multiple variations. For the same reason, I often allow the theme to evolve into a series.
My subject is exclusively the human figure – as an intimate look at our personas or everyday lives, and as a refocus on individuality. For my work I usually recruit people from my close environment, or myself, willing to interpret what I’m seeking to draw and etch. Poetry, music, and performing arts are often inspirations for my themes. My hope is that my prints of the human figure manage to capture what I consider essential to draw and print: the expression that helps draw attention to the human condition, and the inner rhythm that holds together the chaotic elements that make up the human.
Matina Marki Tillman was born and raised in Western Greece and currently resides in Connecticut. She has been a member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery since 2010 and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts since 2009. Her cultural background combined with her university studies in Greek Medieval and Modern Literature and Poetry (B.A., University of Ioannina, 1989) have helped to form her artistic aesthetic. This, along with a lifelong interest in drawing the human figure, serves as the inspirational springboard for her artwork. After moving to the United States, a later exposure to college fine art classes, independent studies, and workshops with a focus on figure drawing and printmaking helped to define a new direction of her work.
Matina has exhibited her prints in multiple local, national, and international venues over the past several years including Humanography, a solo exhibition at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. Other venues and exhibitions include the New York Society of Etchers National Exhibition of Intaglio Prints; the University of Wisconsin Parkside National Small Print Exhibition; the Customs House Museum in Tennessee, and the Museum of Printing History in Houston; and the Hudson Valley Art Association National Exhibition in New York City, where her work has been recognized with the Perry Alley and Al Camurati awards for graphics.
“Humanography” Solo Exhibition at Washington Printmakers Gallery
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