Cathie Crawford: I have always been especially attracted to water, seeking it out for its restorative powers. On the symbolic level water represents a powerful life giving force -- a source of replenishment, rejuvenation, renewed energy. Also my six years living overseas and my travels have inspired several prints.
JB: How has your process evolved since you first began making art? I was a painter until I took my first printmaking class.
CC:I was a lithographer and photographer during the 14 year period between my BFA and second semester of graduate school when I was coerced into making my first color reduction woodcut in over 15 years. I literally went to graduate school to become a better lithographer and rediscovered the woodcut instead and have stuck with it for over 30 years!
JB: What do you find enjoyable or difficult about your process of making art?
CC: I love the printing with blended rolls of transparent inks - trying to see how much color I can squeeze into each print. My process of color reduction printmaking is very slow. I often work for several months on one image. My all time record was 21 runs on one edition of prints (Sab pan yu). I decided that was a bit much and have been trying to simplify things ever since.
JB: Which exhibition of another artist or group of artists has stayed with you and why?
CC: There have been too many to choose. The current Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition comes to mind at 5 Peoria venues up thru the 17th. My monoprint, Dayenu is part of this exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria. Also the two New Prints exhibitions I had the pleasure of viewing at the International Print Center New York in New York City. I love seeing a variety of printmaking techniques, artist’s books, installations.
JB: What is next for you, art-making wise, travel, and/or future plans?
CC: I am anxious to get back in my studio and start a new print. I have had to stay off my feet for the past month recovering from a cracked Tibia. My most recent work is non-objective and I plan to continue exploring this new direction.