NJ Artist Andrea Epstein revamps her website and features an extensive catalog of new mixed media monotype artworks. Epstein is a printmaker and painter with an extensive body of work and sells her work on line as well as through traditional gallery settings. I work out of an abstract expressionist tradition. She works in abstraction abstraction witihout preconcieved notions of the outcome, thus allowing room for real exploration. She favors several printmaking techniques in combination to achieve a textural surface that incorporates many calligraphic marks and superimposes them over a landscape of organic forms. By layering a series of complex, transparent images where things go in and out of focus, she create an ambiguous space.
Collage has been an important part of her work for a long time. She loves to work on paper. Sometimes the pieces have actual collaged elements in them – whether paintings or prints. But mostly its the principle of combining fragments of different images and marks so that the composite parts create a whole image. The processes are labor intensive and varied. Often, a single work combines multiple printmaking processes before she goes back in and works images with hand embellishments. It is the combination of different printmaking processes (collagraphs, linocuts, monotypes, screenprints, and/or computer generated printed images) with painting and drawing techniques which allow her to achieve a rich surface, intense color and strong bold images. Texture is also very important to the work. By working in a medium that allows her to create multiples, she can take a single image through a variety of permutations, and watch the evolution of her own ideas.
Though the work is clearly abstract and intended to have no literal interpretation, she consider most of the images to reflect an inner landscape.