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Interview with Ingrid Albrecht: Creating with Water

Ingrid Albrecht, a watercolor painter, mixed media artist, and teacher, has been interested in pictographs and petroglyphs since 1987, painting her creative interpretation of these ancient images based on her own photos and sketches from her worldwide travels. As an artist as well as an innovator, she has spent the last ten years perfecting her techniques in creating monoprints and original prints from ink and paint on the surface of water. She calls her luminous technique “Creating on Water.”

Petroglyphs and Pictographs

The Ancient Herdsmen
The Ancient Herdsmen. Courtesy of the Artist

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Interview with Hiroshi Ariyama: Transforming Time

Hiroshi Ariyama, designer and screen printer, is a resident artist at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. With a background in photography, he elevates screen printing to fine art with his graphic depictions of Chicago landmarks and everyday observations.

ArtStyle: Why did you decide to go into printmaking?

Hiroshi Ariyama (HA): I've been a creative person, working for ad agencies and design consultancies, but in that capacity there's always someone who's going to say “yes” or “no” to what I produce, and they put their two cents in and thereby nothing is purely mine. I think there's some part of me that needed to satisfy that aspect of being pure — producing something from beginning to the end. It was a driving force behind why I started screen printing.

I have a lot of photography and printing background, so screen printing was an interesting method for me to pursue because it involves my core competencies. There's a lot of room for me to express myself and produce a very unique piece of art. In my work, I discovered something interesting — a picture taken during the day could be turned into a twilight or evening scene with great effect.

Hiroshi Ariyama 5pm
5 pm. Courtesy of the Artist.

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Interview with Deborah Maris Lader: Print Maker, Collaborator

Deborah Maris Lader, an artist and director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC), works in a variety of media, including printmaking, collage, drawing, painting, photography, Polaroid transfers, mixed media found objects, and woodcuts.

Deborah Maris Lader nuthatch-4
nuthatch-4. Courtesy of the Artist.

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A Visit to Artropolis

I went to my first Artropolis yesterday and it was fascinating. There was so much art that I couldn’t take it all in.


Hiroshi Ariyama’s current series Our City, Our Neighborhood depict original point-of-view snapshots of cityscapes in screenprinted manipulations of light, color, and texture. Ariyama says, “My intent is to capture an emotional point in time within each scene that ranges from nostalgic reflection to current observation, or simply a happy glance into a moment’s fleeting possiblities.”

Daybreak, Courtesy of Hiroshi Ariyama

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