Tulips, Sixth State
Q: What was your concept behind your work?
RT: My work as a whole deals with botanicals, such as roots and bulbs, and how they relate to and/or are symbolic of life experiences. This piece in particular was made somewhat before this idea developed more deeply and instead, became a study of tulips. I love how it turned out, and I feel it displays my abilities with printmaking.
Q: Explain the technique and/or process you used for the piece.
RT: This print is an intaglio that consists of etching and aquatint on a copper plate. The hardground line is minimal and is only a simple outline of the forms. I used the hardground line as a guideline for the aquatint. The entire plate is aquatinted over the hardground line to create the gradations of light and dark throughout.
Momentum Tulsa 2009 includes visual art by artists aged 30 and younger. The exhibition is free and open at Living Arts, 307 E Brady, Tulsa, until October 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday 1-5 pm, until 9 pm on Thursday and Friday.
Curators Scott Perkins & Frank Wick selected 93 artworks by 66 artists from all over the state for the exhibition. Also, three Spotlight artists created bodies of work on display, Nick Bayer, Dustin Boise, and Emily Kern. Intern Ashley Romano interviewed the artists to learn about their creative process. Watch for more profiles throughout the run of the exhibition.