Jaime Ursic

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Untitled, 2008 Monoprint © Jaime Ursic
Untitled (detail) Watercolor, Ink, Acrylic, Glue And Monoprint On Paper © artist
Quick Facts
Scenery Hill, PA
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Pennsylvania State University, 2000, BFA
Pennsylvania State University, 2000, BS
Yale University

I am an artist and printmaker whose art is intertwined with the place where I make it. The included images are of my recent time in Florence, when the tourists were out-swarming the mosquitoes. Florence inspired me with its worn, cobblestone streets, the color of winter reflected in the Arno, the bakery’s grid of cooling racks, the colors of faded fresco pigments and vandalized ancient mosaic remnants. Each object piqued my interest and inspired me to draw with screen segments, plumber’s hair wire, threads, paper pulp, and crushed, glass beads. Drawing with the objects I found littered in the piazzas, neglected in the corners of building entryways or given to me by vendors, I created my visual interpretations of life in Florence. Work completed in North Adams, MA has the colors and shadows of a summer in the Berkshires versus the dry, crumbling but saturated images created in Johnson, VT's autumn. Images produced in New Haven’s cold, concrete Erector Square are easily distinguishable by impressions of decades old, factory-rejected potpourri scraps and candle fragments.

Building on the history of intaglio and relief printmaking, I create then print my visual accounts of the circumstances at that moment. My palette colors are inspired by my surroundings and I draw directly on top of the plate with locally found materials, i.e. the threads, shards, clippings, pulps, beads, wires, etc. that I collect that day. Each object creates a mark that will be pressed or embossed creating unanticipated patterns of positive/negative across the picture plane. The prints I create have carefully constructed textures while at the same time allowing improvisations intrinsic to the printing process. By printing only one image from each plate’s passage through the press, I challenge the medium and subvert the idea of multiples.

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