IMG_0797Print maven, Seattle-based Brian Lane, has organised a portfolio for the Southern Graphics Conference in my favourite city, Portland, Oregon, that runs from 30th March to 2 April 2016. IMG_0776Entitled Dreamscapes: The Ebb and Flow of Time and Possibility, this portfolio asked artists to address their subconscious, where past and future collide.IMG_0801My dreamscape print is a linocut which I made last year, showing a woman’s face partly hidden and transformed by the petals of a white chrysanthemum. The chrysanthemum flower is from Asia, and white ones signify grief and bereavement, traditionally placed on graves. IMG_0777Lined up, the women and the chrysanthemums appear like masked warriors, eyes shut contemplating the past and protected against the future. IMG_0802

Dreamscapes Portfolio statement reads

 ‘Our subconscious provides unfiltered access to the storage vault of memories, observations, feelings, and the day to day minutiae that we absorb without knowing.  This storage is virtually unlimited, yet in the waking state we have trouble accessing this surplus of info and rely on our known thoughts and experiences to guide us.  However, in the sleeping state our brain is trying to process everything, resulting in manifestations that bridge past, present, and future realities into a subconscious soup of abstracted yet cohesive possibilities. Often we can barely comprehend what these dreams mean or why certain people, places, or memories have surfaced after being suppressed for so long. Our dreams and nightmares become the vehicle that travels down the vast pathway of our imagination.’

Participants include


1. Brian Lane

2. Abraham Mong

3. Wuon Gean Ho

4. Kyle Huntress

5. Chris Dacre

6. Mare Blocker

7. Tyna Ontko

8. Chris Rollins

9. Travis Moorehead

10. Virginia Hungate Hawk

11. Amber Chiozza

12. Ashley Shumaker

13. Sean Smoot

14. Emma O’Leary

15. Nikki Barber

16. Ben Beres

17. Charlie Spitzack

18. Amy Oates

19. NateStottrupdd_09_pushing_print

Also at the SGCI conference, Marilyn Zornado and Barb Tetenbaum have coordinated a printmaking and animation showreel, which will be displayed on a video monitor in the atrium at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), and at the Univ. of Oregon’s Grey Box Gallery. 33 of 55 submitted films were selected, spanning the entire range of print techniques and created by artists from all over the world. My linocut animation, Shift, which shows a ghostly dancing dress, will be there.


Shift is on youtube:

Grey Box Gallery, 24 NW 1st Ave. Portland, OR

22 Mar – 8 Apr, private view on 31 Mar 5–7pm

I wish I could be hopping on a flight to lovely Portland tomorrow to join in the fun… If anyone goes, please take some pictures for me!

On The Bus

WG on the bus

This is a portfolio of prints by an international group of print artists from around the world who were connected by their shared experience at a print exhibition in Qijiang, China. The folio includes Heather Huston (Calgary), Guy Langevin (Quebec), Wayne Crothers (Australia), Karen Brussat Butler (USA), Ema Shin (Australia/Japan), Marcia Rizzato (Germany/Italy), Wuon-Gean Ho (England), and Annika Romeyn (Australia).

In November 2011, artists travelled from around the world to participate in the 3rd Qijiang International Print Festival. Since the different destinations during the visit required miles of travel, everyone got to know each other on the bus. Many hours were spent discussing prints, China, our respective countries, enjoying the landscape, and of course wondering at the large amount of traffic and construction all while being serenaded with Chinese pop music. This portfolio is an echo of those experiences, conversations and relationships that we’ve formed. We will carry many memories from our trip and this portfolio allows us to come together again and reflect on those experiences.

The show is on at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9 from 3 Oct – 3 Jan

(All I’ll say about my print is that I spent a lot of time half dreaming that I had got on the wrong bus, but that it was filled with strange and friendly creatures… A big thanks to Heather Huston for organising the exhibition!)