Go Mad for Change at InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor 16, June 12 – 14, at Crane Arts. This week, we’re featuring work by artists who embody change by espousing beauty, liberty, affordability, and sustainability.
Nicole Patrice Dul turns change into a work of art in itself through her ever-evolving printmaking techniques. In an interview below, she talks about her background as well as her work with member-based arts organization Star Wheel Printers.
Could you tell me a bit about your arts background?
I earned my B.F.A. in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, PA. I actually began my studies at Tyler as a Jewelry/Metals major and switched to Painting and Drawing. I still have a strong interest in both and have recently begun tinkering with jewelry making again. Printmaking intrigued me because it allowed me to combine and experiment with various processes and mediums. I earned my M.F.A. in printmaking from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. This was an excellent experience for me; it helped me define myself as an artist.
Your work focuses on transformation: of place, of story, of identity. As an artist, do you feel it’s important to embrace change and experimentation in how you approach your work over the years?
Since all life is change, embracing change in my art is a necessity. To me change implies growth. Without growth art stagnates. To produce stimulating artworks it is vital to engage change and not be afraid of it. I believe in continually learning and keeping informed of the newest technologies. For me it’s not only important to study new techniques and art skills but to keep up with cultural trends, current events and continually reflect on history to insure the evolution of subject and theme in my art.
You co-founded Star Wheel Printers, a local printmaking collective. How can people get involved in that?
Star Wheel Printers was formed by Elaine M. Erne, Hanna Aufshauer, and myself. It’s a collective that aims to support, promote, and share printmaking with artists and the communities in the Philadelphia region. We kicked off our collective in May 2014 with a wonderful group show at The Avenue Gallery on Broad and Pine called “Making Our Mark: Philadelphia Printmakers.” The show was a great success. Thus far, in 2015 we have had a group show “Surface and Tension” at Orchard Artworks in Bryn Athyn, PA and hosted our conception “First Edition” an exhibit for graduating printmakers shown at Fleisher Art Memorial. We want to keep the momentum going and support our local printmaking community. Currently we have begun building an online presence with our website and social networking via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Star Wheel Printers is seeking to build membership. Fellow printmakers can check us out online at www.StarWheelPrinters.com. If one would like to become a member and be listed on our website please send us an email at StarWheelPrinters@gmail.com.
Do you have any upcoming exhibits or projects?
In Catacumbis (Among the Catacombs) displays new print works and mixed media paintings at 3rd Street Gallery on 45 N. 2nd Street in Old City. The art show runs through Sunday June 28. New works featured in the exhibit draw from the history of sacred catacombs and link the forsaken of the past with the neglected of the present.
At Orchard Artworks in Bryn Athyn, PA I have an inventory of work that gets rotated approximately every 6 months. June 7 – 28 there is a members group show called “Emergence: Flights of Fancy” where I will have a few works and a new t-shirt designed for the show.
Star Wheel Printers is currently in the process of planning an exhibit at Holy Family University 9/2-9/29/15 and will have a closing reception on 9/29 from 7 – 9 pm.
Can you tell me a little about the work you will have for sale at Art for the Cash Poor 16?
I will be bringing a selection of unframed print works, new and old. My art processes range from etchings, solar etchings, lithographs, collagraphs, screen prints to lino and woodcuts. I will have many smaller affordable art cards, book projects and mini mixed media paintings for sale as well. Along side of me will be Bill Brookover selling his works.
What are you looking forward to the most about this year’s AFTCP?
I love to see the large selections of work by fellow artists. I look forward to mingling with like-minded artists. Of course I hope to make a little money. As a printmaker it is a chance to sell multiples at affordable prices.
The weekend-long fair invites attendees to navigate the Crane Arts space, which will be bursting with art vendors, live musical performances, culinary curiosities, and an outdoor beer garden. The addition of a Friday night ticketed preview party on June 12, 5:30 – 9 pm, serves as a meet-and-greet with the artists and a fundraiser for AIDS Fund, offering guests an exclusive sneak-peek at the festivities to follow.