What Black woman printmaker have you gleaned inspiration and or wisdom from and how is that carried forward in your work?
lh: Elizabeth Catlett is my ultimate inspiration as a printmaker and I often refer to her as my “Art Mother”. She was so masterful with her technical ability and her work was always in service of her people. I am always taken by the way she portrayed Black women in the full spectrum of our humanity; paying tribute to our grace, power and strength. My art practice is rooted in those same principles. I create images that reflect our beauty, spirituality, and offer a more balanced perception of Black womanhood.
As a founding member of Black Women of Print, what legacy would you want the society to: expand on from the past, create in the present and leave for future generations?
lh: I would like to educate people about printmaking as an artistic practice and highlight its versatility. I also think it’s important to educate the public on the notion of editioned prints being original fine art and using prints as a way to ease into collecting art. Printmaking is a practice that is alive and well; artists are expanding the processes that fall under the umbrella of this practice in exciting ways.
Other than Elizabeth Catlett, Margaret Burroughs, and Valerie Maynard, I feel that Black women are not as readily associated with printmaking at large. That visibility is something I want Black Women of Print to cultivate. It is important to promote women printmakers of color so that we can continue to inspire the next generation of artists and creatives.
What does/can community look like in printmaking? What are the various ways that we, as printmakers, can collaborate?
lh: I feel the climate of a print studio automatically instigates a sense of community. I would like to see more print co-working spaces where people can share ideas and continue to develop their craft. This could be visualized through a “Printmaking Retreat”. In the same spirit as the progressive printmaking collective the Taller de Grafica Popular, members of the group would come together and help facilitate the production of collective and individual work through critique and by capitalizing on the strengths of each member.
+ latoya hobbs is an advanced printmaker, who works in linocut, woodcut, and monotype.
Collage and Monotype on paper
19.25” X 13”
40” X 32”
15” X 19”