“Lino-Block Reduction Prints,” an exhibition of works by Diane Castle Babcock will be on display at the Mansfield University Gallery beginning Tuesday, March 18. The exhibit will run through Tuesday, May 6.
Babcock has been creating linoleum block prints for more than 20 years. In her work, she combines her love of the outdoors and love of her craft to create beautiful impressionistic landscapes. Her images are based on her experiences in parks and trails near her home in Boonville, NY, and images of the Finger Lakes region of New York.
“I choose to work from nature because I walk daily with my dogs, Sunny and Ginger, and my friends; I find that this is often the most enjoyable part of my day,” Babcock said. “While being outdoors I have come to experience peace with myself and harmony with creation. I am also interested in observing the affect of light, wind, temperature and humidity on a particular place and how these elements change its appearance from day to day. My goal is to create work that is constantly moving, changing, and growing just as nature evolves. I invite the viewer to come into the landscape and be part of the experience.”
Babcock begins each print with a drawing from nature. In this drawing she plans composition, and colors. The drawing is transferred onto battleship linoleum. Using a variety of v-shaped gouges, she carves into the linoleum to create the image. She then inks the raised or uncut area of the block and hand presses it onto Japanese rice paper. Each color is carved and printed separately. Using a variety of cutting and printing techniques, she creates nuances of texture, light and depth that make her work so intriguing.
“I don’t have to go to exotic locations to find inspiration,” she said. “There is beauty all around us. My role is that of interpreter, to help people see the world around them with new eyes.”
A native of Spencerport, NY, Babcock studied printmaking at Nazareth College where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and as well as certification in Art education. She received her Masters Degree from Binghamton University. She currently teaches art at Adirondack High School in Boonville.
An opening reception and artist’s talk will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m. in the University Gallery
The MU Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in North Hall.
The exhibit is sponsored by MU Art Acquisition and Exhibition Committee, which is funded by Mansfield University College Community Services Inc (CCSI).