When you think of the dragonfly, however, do you think of exploration? I'm not sure that I do, but these two concepts make up the theme for the new exhibit at the Museum of Printing History. "Where the Border of Water Meets the Air, Dragonflies Gather" is the title of the collection organized by Danish artist Susanne Thea and American artist Diana Eicher. The two artists put together this show under the theme of the "artist as an explorer," and it includes selected works by 15 contemporary printmakers from across the globe. Each artist put their own spin on the theme.
One would assume that the idea of "dragonflies" was offered when presenting the artists with this theme as the insect makes its appearance in several works, if not the majority of them. The description of the show states that: "Much like the dragonfly that must negotiate a delicate balance at lake's edge between water and air, the artist must pursue a path of inspiration that balances creative impulse and artistic promotion to achieve an overall victory." Again, I am not so sure I agree, but let's put that aside for a moment.
The 15 artists, while all printmakers, work in a variety methods within the umbrella of traditional printmaking techniques, such as screen-printing, relief, intaglio, and lithography.