Glyphs, ancient material culture, and maps of archaeological sites inspire my most recent series of prints. The images are abstract depictions of recovered artifacts and ancient marks rendered with an earthiness that reflects their centuries-long entombment in the ground. I am intrigued by the mysteries that surround these buried cultures and how present day discoveries of their remains can only hint at the complexities of these once culturally rich and thriving societies.
I am drawn to a primitive aesthetic. I prefer the tattered, the worn, and the crude over the refined and polished and, for this reason, I make my intaglio plates out of cardboard, papers, fabrics and acrylic mediums. In this way I can produce textures in my prints that convey the notion of earthiness, decomposition and the patinas of time.
BIOFor the past twenty years, Joan Hausrath has investigated non-toxic alternatives to traditional printmaking processes and has received several grants to support her research. She has participated in residencies at the Edinburgh Printmakers Studio in Scotland and Studio Camnitzer, in Valdottavo, Italy. Her prints are widely exhibited in the US, internationally by invitation, and are in numerous private and public collections.
Hausrath holds an MFA in Printmaking. She is Professor Emeritus from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts where she taught printmaking, design and art history. She has conducted Art History Study Tours to London, Amsterdam and Paris and curated more than 20 exhibits for Bridgewater State University’s Anderson Gallery and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. She currently teaches workshops in non-toxic printmaking. A resident of Pawtucket, RI, Hausrath, winters in San Miguel de Allende, MX.