JULIE NISKANEN
 
     
ARTist statement
   
     

         


          The natural forms that permeate our world too often become background patterns in our hectic lives. For the most part, people no longer feel the wonder of the complexities and intricacies seen in forms such as a single seedpod. All too often one walks by a scene or object without noticing it. What happens when we slow down to truly notice and examine what is around us? Examining these organic forms allows me to reflect on the human disregard for so many things, while also reflecting on and bringing forth these rhythms of nature that are often unnoticed in our lives. I focus on the beauty I find within these natural forms. I work to bring attention and give power to the subtle changes and cycles in nature, as meaning can be found in the smallest things.

          The printmaking processes I use give me an invaluable vocabulary of marks that feeds my thoughts and work. Through using mezzotint and various etching techniques, I am able to achieve a wide range of tones and textures to complement the images and ideas.
The velvety, endless black background of mezzotint lends a depthless drama to detailed renderings of natural havens such as Sanctuary and Refuge, the hopeful scattering of seed in Dispersion, the precious, intimate moments in the Solitude series, and the frailty of forms such as the Chinese lantern that prevades in my work.