January 3 — February 23, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Free/Open to the Public
Along Cottonwood Creek 2
Late Summer Sagebrush
The Rosy Path
About the Exhibit
Few other artists are as deeply attuned to the subtleties of the Eastern Montana as Edith Freeman. She was a master of the difficult technique of reduction woodcut printing. Through this difficult process she was able to respond to a variety of forms and natural textures while translating the values of colors into an array of personalized blended hues.
Originally a painter, Freeman first experimented with woodcut techniques in the 1960’s. She was intrigued by the effects and also by the surprises in the process. She began developing her own techniques for printing multiple colors with a single block.
Edith describes her process, “Guided by a drawing that has penetrated the raw wood, I carve and print in a succession of steps in the development of the piece. Color choices are made according to the subject and the felt needs of the composition as it develops. It is a tricky process, and I have devised several means to get me out of trouble. In printing, I use a simple hand method of laying on the ink. With not fully opaque ink, and varying pressures, and ink over ink, I can get interesting textures.”
Edith Freeman drew inspiration form the landscape of her native Montana. She modeled familiar subjects- iris, yucca, sage, sandstone outcroppings, and wooded clearings. Freemans’ images are descriptively faithful but also sophisticated compositions in which color massing and spatial definition are manipulated for expressive purposes. Her best prints convey a feeling for place and at the same time succeed as formally engaging abstractions.
Excerpted from Edith Freeman Retrospective
Gordon McConnell, Senior Curator
Yellowstone Art Museum 1993