Kala Community Profile: Fellowship Artist, Laura Paulini

After viewing engravings by William Blake at the Morgan Library in New York last September, Laura Paulini decided to try her own hand at this challenging method while her Kala Fellowship Residency gave her access to a fully equipped printmaking studio.

She selected a 12″ x 18″ pencil drawing of a plant she had created a few years ago as a starting point. She then cut a copper plate to match, transferred the drawing to the plate, and began the long and very physical process of carving that drawing into the copper using a burin. Pulling the initial impression was a great relief as she is very pleased with the quality of the line and invigorated by the process. The print has a ways to go (she is adding some drypoint at the moment), but hopes to arrive at a finished print soon.

While this print – a representational image of a plant – is very different from the process-oriented, minimalist paintings Paulini has been showing in the Bay Area since 2005 – it is representative of her commitment to drawing from life and to staying open to where ever her inspiration leads.

Laura Paulini

Laura Paulini

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