Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Momentum Artist: Ariana Riera, Yukon

Ariana Riera, Yukon

No Trepan Necessary

Q: What was the concept behind your Momentum artwork?
A: This Piece, as with most of my work, addresses the contemporary social roles of women by utilizing imagery from 1950’s and investigating female depictions in print media of the time. By re-contextualizing this consumer imagery, this print reveals the structure which advertising is based upon, in this case sexuality and the appeal of risk taking. Perhaps revealing that women will forever be cast in the light of the Eve stereotype.

Q: Explain the technique and/or process you used to create your Momentum work.
A: This print is a Serigraph (i.e. Screenprint) but is specifically a posterization which creates one of the most 'photographic' affects possible in the medium. I first manipulate source images in Photoshop by making them black and white and separating the image into seven layers, the first layer being the darkest darks the seventh layer being the lightest lights. Then I print each layer on a separate transparency. The screen part of Serigraphy is a fine silk mesh fabric stretched on a metal frame, onto which I spread a thin layer of "photo-emulsion", a light-sensative green liquid used to temporarily impart an image onto a screen. After the photo-emulsion was dry I exposed the first transparency (layer one the darkest darks) on a UV light table. The UV light hardens all of the emulsion that is not covered up by the image printed on the transparency, so that when I wash the screen the unhardened emulsion washes away revealing an open area of silk screen through which ink will pass through onto the paper. At this point I printed darkest colors, and when finished I repeated the process to the 7th transparency with each progressive layer giving me more and finer detail.

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork by Oklahoma's Emerging Young Artists at Momentum OKC. Event: March 5-6. Gallery Hours: March 9, 10 & 11. Tickets and more information: www.MomentumOklahoma.org.

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