I love commercial packaging and word play and mispronunciation. This series of linocut prints was my final project for “Intro to Printmaking,” highlighting words that I or others mispronounced as kids, or word inversions I found hilarious. I used to pronounce chaos in my head as “chows,” understanding them as synonyms. My brother pronounced music “oo-ix,” while I called it “me-moo.” The piece that works with “Artistotle” rhyming with “Chipotle” has an image of a Goya can of chipotle peppers with “Politics” written on the label. Politics was written by Aristotle, but Goya, the company, is also political. I wanted to practice carving words, as printmaking requires words and letters to be carved backwards to be read correctly when printed. Playing with mispronunciation, words, packaging and representation of goods, as well as gradient inking techniques were my goals. Being in the Print Studio in the Spencer art building is like being in glorious playground of fresh ink tubes and immaculate paper. The process of printmaking is one of translation, transmitting a drawing backwards into something unexpected and off kilter and inherently fun.
Prints – Genevieve Randazzo