Rhea Nowak

Artist Statement

I am intrigued by the relationships between
rhythm and awkwardness
presence and absence
mark and intention
sign and context

Working with an ever-expanding cast of printmaking plates,
I experiment in the studio.
Much of what I make doesn't work but informs my next investigation.
A print is done when it has a quiet presence
telling me something I didn't know before.


It is a wide and nuanced spectrum from characters to signs to symbols, letters, glyphs, marks, gestures. Working with a lexicon of images and plates of different printmaking techniques I allow them to shift in meaning and significance as their relationships and contexts change. A synecdoche is a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or a whole for the part, the special for the general or the general for the special.

Come Close, Go Far

Thinking about the idea of translation. Translation from one language, person or metaphor to another, from small to large and back, from photograph to drawing, from traditional media to contemporary, from mark to symbol. When something has been translated how does what is communicated change? Does it give us something new? How can it change our understanding or perception of our worlds?