robert college

Papermaking and Intaglio Printing

The Creative Arts topic this quarter was Place. It was my turn to present and given my interest in the concept of 'Place' as it relates to art making, I wanted to inspire my students with a topic that I find inspiring.  

We are fortunate that our school is located on a beautifully wooded campus in the center of Istanbul.  We so frequently think of our school as a place of impressive buildings and intelligent students, and sometimes forget that one of the things that makes our school special is the environment that we are in.  We focused this project on the flora and fauna of our campus, making our own paper and printing it with observational drawings of the plant and insect life that thrive in this green space in the middle of the city.

Explorations of my environment

Recently, I've been drawn more to alternative techniques of image making, rather than exclusively printing or photography.  I've been creating drawings and paintings based on my specific environment.  Some are focused on the one-hundred year old building I work in. A majestic school building, complete with columns and arched windows and old marble floors. In places, these floors are cracked from the pressure of thousands of students and teachers footsteps as they hurry to class, the library, the science labs.  These cracks create a history and a mark on this huge stone building, and a sort of a topographical landscape when viewed from above.

Impressions of Students, Robert College 1,  50x70cm, graphite on paper

Impressions of Students, Robert College 1, 50x70cm, graphite on paper