Official Website of Anita K. Boyle
The Art Gallery
Inside Egress Studio's online Art Gallery, you'll find I use many techniques and mediums for the artworks I create. I cannot seem to hold myself to just one medium, but the styles I use are consistent within each type of artwork—and are often made in a series. It's not that I can't focus — because I wouldn't get as much done if I didn't. But I have learned numerous techniques and mediums over several decades because of an insatiable curiosity. As an artist, I can't give that up no matter what.
This is my spiffy summertime paper dryer. In winter, it's in the barn.
A Few Comments About the Artworks
The assemblages I create are, to me, like painting with the actual landscape rather than paint. They are like poems without words, and sometimes even with them. They use details from my life, our lives. They document our histories. They are about the Pacific Northwest, since that is where the assemblages are made and everything in them is from.
I am a self-taught papermaker. I learned quite a bit in the beginning with a blender and all sorts of paper. I moved on to including natural materials, And now I have an old industrial Hollander beater, which makes the pulp from almost any fiber I put in it—from golden straw to an old tablecloth to the yarn remnants from a large industrial rug loom.
I make a variety of print styles — from drypoints, wood blocks, wood engravings, linoleum blocks, monotypes and collagraphs. The process for each is intriguing, from working with the ink and choosing the paper, to creating the image itself. Since the methods change for each type of print, I'll describe the processes for each of the prints.
I enjoy making stained glass windows. Designing a workable layout is the first challenge. Putting a silver bead of solder along a long seam between the glass can be meditative. I don't do stained glass projects often, but when I do, I tend to be very happy.
Pen & Ink
Starting back in high school, ink has always been a favorite to work with. When ink doesn't work, pencil does. Ink and watercolor can always follow later. You should have seen the drawings that covered the desks in my more boring classes. Ink is wonderful stuff—like dirt from the garden, it works its way under fingernails to make it look like the hand might have done something interesting.
The photos I take are usually one of three types:
1. the act of framing things I see in the camera's lens, or what I call the art photos;
2. those that I plan to use as reference for—or use in—other projects; and
3. those that document what I see, which includes the process of creating new artworks.
The lens of a camera captures what seems most important to the artist. In the best photos, the artist's creative perspective shows through like poetry.
I enjoy painting, too. Right now, I'm sharing a series of four Crumpled-Masa paper sumi-watercolor paintings. Watercolor is a challenging favorite of mine, a delight to work with. Painting with oil opens other possibilities. While I don't mix water with oil, it is very satisfying to work in both mediums.
Detail from the assemblage "Revised Cycles"
This detail from the assemblage includes a dragonfly carapace, an old watch battery, a circle of sifted mushroom spore, a large washer, and old macramé twine used to tie a hoop from a discarded plant hanger to the substrate.