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DESIGN E DITOR’S PICKS CURATED


LEAVING HER IMPRINT THROUGH PRINTMAKING What’s New, What’s Happening, What’s Now


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When artist Kat LiBretto noticed the destructive force that real estate development was having on natural landscapes around her, she was inspired to create prints that, she says, “aim to provide my audience with a broad range of topics, offering personal interpretations of envi- ronmental themes.” Fueled by her interest in the natural landscape and a desire to experience America’s most natural environments, The


National Parks, coupled with the theme of coexistence of hu- mans in these places and their impact on the environment, LiBretto creates stunning prints that capture serene moments of untouched landscapes. Her compositions depict recogniz- able landmarks, but the artist injects imagined elements. LiBretto explains that it’s “so that the viewer may connect and engage with the work, and each piece allows for many


different interpretations.” LiBretto researches and documents specific locations before she begins a print. Back in her studio, she conceives the composition, illustrates her vi- sion and prepares the individual screens, then prints every piece. Creating up to eight original prints a year, LiBretto creates work depicting the skylines of Dallas, London and New York as well as dreamlike visions of cloud-filled skies at dusk in the desert, mountains and dark, al- luring forests. The artist’s latest prints also include pristine skies scarred by contrails from jets. Not one to be confined or limited to old methods, LiBretto experiments with various screen printing methods in her work. “The technique I use is sim- ilar to that of a painter in a stu- dio—working with a variety of materials, manipulating the flat surface of paper, adding illusion


and texture and areas of depth and complexity in multiple layers, colors and application,” LiBretto says.


Each color and layer of illus- tration in her prints undergoes an experimental approach to the traditional process and ma- terials, which includes UV-sen- sitive emulsion, mesh screens, stencils, inks and squeegees. LiBretto’s work has received


numerous awards and is ex- hibited in galleries and private collections around the world, regularly in London and Hong Kong. She received a master’s degree with merit in printmak- ing at Camberwell College of Arts/University of the Arts London.


While mankind may be leaving its imprint on the Earth, LiBretto is certainly creating her own imprints and capturing en-


vironments in their natural state. katlibretto.com


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