Ashley Sullivan

Ashley Sullivan Screenprints and Leather Jewelry

I can’t quite make my mind up about a favorite medium to work in… for now, it is printmaking. Through printmaking, I can incorporate multiple studios – painting, drawing, metalsmithing, woodworking, sculpting, photography, and so on. So, in the end, being a printmaker lets me not really choose one medium at all, and I get to play in each. And that’s really what it’s all about.

Like I said above, printmaking isn’t just one thing. I use lots of different processes and methods – monotype, woodcut, linocut, mezzotint, etching, screenprint, collograph, and lithograph. I won’t bore you with a description of each, but I will blather on for the next few sentences about linoleum color reductions (a favorite method). I begin with a smooth bock of linoleum and carve into the surface, essentially creating a giant stamp. I roll the surface with ink and print the first layer (the amount of prints I make determines the edition number, seen in the lower left corner of my work). I then carve back into that same block of linoleum, roll it up with a different color ink, and print it on top of my first layer of color. I continue carving away at the block with each successive layer, effectively destroying the block of linoleum as I go. Every layer is hand carved and hand printed.

I’m a devout fan of early poster art, and you may see some influence in my large-scale works. The city of Chicago has also crept into my images after moving here two years ago. Other influences/inspirations: shiny things, small birds, sailboats, rock and roll, paper, F. Scott Fitzgerald, glass jars, bicycles, and oxford commas.