Laurel Macdonald lives in Moscow, Idaho. She serves as President of the Palouse Women Artists. (palousewomenartists.com) Her work can also be found at the Dahmen Barn Gift Shop in Uniontown.
ARTIST STATEMENT/Spring 2012
I grew up on a farm in Southern Idaho, and I’m endlessly attracted to whatever is popping out of the ground. Here, in the Palouse, I grow my own flowers and veggies, and these plants tend to crop up in my paintings and linocuts. I love travelling, seeing a different set of flowers, plants, gardens. I know these images will find their way into my art.
A LINOCUT A DAY: In the last six months, I’ve travelled a lot. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to do much art while I was travelling, I drew 4X6 sketches. When I returned home, I made these into linocuts. This process is my ownership process: I take the world, shrink it down, and make it my own. I’ve been trying to do one 4X6 linocut a day. When I have 16 linocuts done, I print them all at once in one big print. The result has been a print of New Zealand foliage, images from Spain, Australia, Utah. For May, since I’m home and in my own garden, I’m doing spring flowers.
ENLARGING: The final step to this year’s printing project is a process of enlarging: I take one small 4X6 print and enlarge it to 18X24, forcing the viewer to really see, to look closely at something that is often overlooked…like a stem, the center of an apple, the outline of a succulent. I find something remarkable, something I’ve overlooked, in most plants.