Catherine Dreiss



Catherine Dreiss is a Des Moines-based printmaker who works almost exclusively with woodcuts based on photographs and appropriated patterns. Aside from their large scale, and though her prints may seem to conform to the long tradition of woodcuts, in fact, they are highly manipulated computer images that are transferred to plywood. Only at that point does the process follow the time- and labor-intensive path that would be recognized by a traditional woodcut artist. All are hand-carved and printed in a succession of plates in the manner known as reduction prints. All are printed using oil-based inks on Stonehenge paper, on either a Charles Brand or Takach etching press. Dreiss earned a BA in Art History form Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy (Bloomfield Hills, MI).

 

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