Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet
Episode 3 of The Print Cast features an interview with painter Sandow Birk and ceramicist Elyse Pignolet; two artists who collaborate in marriage and in art. We talk about their numerous large scale printmaking projects over the years. Working with Master Printer workshops they execute intaglio, relief and lithographic editions delving into political topics ranging from war, democracy, to the constitution. By appropriating formats, compositions, and production methods from historical artists and printmakers, they manage to create art that is poignant and contemporary while also being timeless.
Sometimes it takes an artist to show us the hidden meaning in everyday things, and my guest today has spent her creative career exploring just that. May Tveit is an artist who blurs the boundaries between architecture, design and fine art. Her thought provoking installations reflects on what we consume, how we consume it, and the manufactured landscape.
Bonus Episode 1
Hugh Merrill Does Shakespeare
In this Print Cast extra, we want to share a priceless bit of audio that didn’t make it into the full length episode with our guest Hugh Merrill. Most people talk about what they ate for breakfast, but Hugh warms up the mic by reciting poetry, and his voice is like gold. We had some fun dressing up the audio and hope everyone enjoys it.
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Hugh Merrill’s art is a conversation with his art form, printmaking. His work is about process and change; a call and response activity where variation is the intention, not the by-product. He creates sequential narratives in his studio practice, resulting in work that is diverse, expansive, evolving and conversational with itself, the artist and the print medium. “Variation is a means to come closer to articulating the essence of truth,” he says, and you can witness this in Merrill’s print work.