Aquilegia/Columbine: Clouded By
Sharron Pollack (BFA 1971, MFA 1973)
This print is from a series, Aquilegia/Columbine: Hawk/Dove, I began as the world was listening to issues in Ferguson and simultaneous conflict in Israel and Palestine. These flowers, whose various names refer both to hawk/war and dove/peace, became layered lamentations in response to the chaos in the world. By using the print process, a printmaker can layer ink and images creating a complex surface that yields different perspectives on the same form and become metaphors about people, communities, and situations. Some of these images are in the tradition of 19th-century nature printing in which the horticultural subject is used to print from or create impressions in the matrix. I am grateful to all the art professors at Michigan but particularly Frank Cassara, who gave me expert training as an intaglio printmaker and Wendel Heers, who nurtured my interest in teaching.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.