Artists Live features Lynita Shimizu
September 27, 2017 / Mary Kee
Artists Live is a visual arts program, which features award-winning Connecticut artists in month-long exhibitions starting the first Friday of each month from March through December except for August throughout 2017. It will take place at 23 Royce Circle in downtown Storrs, Connecticut. Each participating Artist, will be “live” the final Friday of their month of exhibition for an artist discussion with Kathleen Zimmerman at 5 pm followed by a reception at 6 pm, which is open and free to the public. Kathleen partnered with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership and were jointly awarded the State of Connecticut’s Office of the Arts Regional Arts Grant to create this program.
Lynita Shimizu is the seventh of the series of ten artists. Her work is on exhibit September 1st through the 29th concluding with an artist conversation on September 29th at 5 pm. Lynita’s work deals with the division of space and abstract qualities of her subject matter. She prefferred medium is traditional Japanese woodcuts. When she is planning her prints, she works to simplify what she is seeing or feeling. She moves from the inspiration of the sketch to the mechanics of the print in a thoughtful organization of color and space. The image is broken apart; different colors are carved from separate blocks of wood and only after just the right amount of pigment, water, and rice starch have been brushed across the wood, and the layers of color have been pressed into the paper, does the image come together again. Every time the paper is lifted from the final block, it feels like magic, she says.
Lynita loves making woodblock prints. Her introduction to the Japanese water-based art of mokuhanga (woodprint) was in the late 70’s, and she has been addicted to it ever since. The process of making the woodcut – the drawing, carving, problem solving, and finally, the printing – brings order to the chaos of creativity. The materials and tools of her craft originate from the hands of skilled artisans. From beautiful paper made by the Yamaguchi family in the mountains of Japan, to the bamboo sheath wrapped around her hand-held printing disk.
This form of printmaking never feels far from nature, her muse. Although her subject matter varies, her goal remains to create images with strength, spirit, and clarity. In a world full of challenges, the process of creating a woodblock print provides a peaceful and safe haven for her making her grateful to be a woodblock printmaker and hopes some of the joy it brings her, touches others as well. She says, ”The process of making a woodblock print – the drawing, carving, problem solving, and finally, the printing – brings order to the chaos of creativity.”
For more information about the artists and their work visit their websites at: www.kathleen-zimmerman-artist.com
Sponsored by: Connecticut Office of the Arts and WindhamArts