Portfolio

Chair with Small Ghost Chair, 2021. Featuring elements of Trace Monotype, Resist, Viscosity during 3 separate layers.
Illustrates post on 2022 schedule
“No one, I think, is in my tree..” That wasn’t on my mind when I made this, but I just watched the “Get Back” movie, so I couldn’t help it. “Tree with Moonrise”, Monotype, 2021
Illustration of artist's monotype process in relation to Month of Printmaking
This monotype is one of several ghosts and variants I created from a trace monotype image I did in 2021. The chair imagery is simple, but lends itself to multiple treatments and suggests to me a state of being in the present, with the asterisk suggesting more info to come, or in other words, change. It’s about presence.
Foothills Autumn, Monotype, 22×21″, 2019
The Turning, Monotype, 30×22″, 2019.

Monotypes: A monotype is a one of a kind print. I paint ink on a plate and run it through a hand press. Along the way, I distress the image or otherwise manipulate the ink. My pictures deal with the vexations of making connections of the spirit. The images are representational, but also conceptual and symbolic. I use distressed landscapes as a metaphor for the uncertainties of life, or interiors to express ineffable messages of the heart.

I also do polymer etchings and sketch, and you will see those in a separate portfolio.

“Rain In Bramble”, Monotype, 11×15″, 2018

Tree of Life in Vacant Garden, Monotype, 30×22″, 2018. I enjoyed layering the colorful Mylar shapes to create a sense of abundance yet loss. I’m hoping to go in a different direction when I go back into the studio later this Summer. Sold

“Gloaming”, Monotype, 2018, 20×26″. Combines draw, stenciled and trace monotype elements.

“Blue Heaven”, Monotype, 21×15″, 2017. Sold.

Untitled monotype, 13x 19″, 2017. $275 Unframed

“Red Place”, Monotype, 2016, 20×13″. It was built on a leafy yellow ghost image, with the green being a second layer, and the red being a final layer to highlight the negative/positive dichotomy of the chair. There is a sense, to me, that being “present” or truly in a “place” sometimes requires one to empty the mind. $275 Unframed.

“Forrester’s Day Dream”, Monotype, 13×19″, 2014. $275, Unframed.

“Earth and Sky”, Monotype, 20×26″, 2015. Private Collection.

Cormorant Place, Monotype 22x30", 2012
Cormorant Place, Monotype 22×30″, 2014, Private Collection.

Monotypes: A monotype is a one of a kind print. I paint ink on a plate and run it through a hand press. Along the way, I distress the image or otherwise manipulate the ink. I also do polymer etchings and sketch, and you will see those here as well.

Joe Higgins Monotypes "Fallen Angel" 2013. The same mylar "character is used in different "roles" in many monotypes of this series.
Joe Higgins Monotypes “Fallen Angel” 2013. The same mylar “character is used in different “roles” in many monotypes of this series. Private Collection.

Joe Higgins Monotypes "Eve's Kiss; Eden Burns" 2013. Using color tonalities and repeated shapes to create visual complexity.
Joe Higgins Monotypes “Eve’s Kiss; Eden Burns” 2013. Using color tonalities and repeated shapes to create visual complexity.

"Blue Maenad" 2013. A somewhat lost and subdued Maenad.
“Blue Maenad” 2013. A somewhat lost and subdued Maenad.

"Blue Ghost". 2013. A "ghost" is a second impression of a monotype plate, usually featuring softer, fainter inks and sometimes with added new elements.
“Blue Ghost”. 2013. A “ghost” is a second impression of a monotype plate, usually featuring softer, fainter inks and sometimes with added new elements.

From my latest gallery show at Zip 37. I had been taken with Emily Dickinson's several poems on the subject, but also saw a contemporary commentary in the reversal of roles: it's the man who wears the Hijab in this scenario.
Jacob + Angel, 2013, Monotype, 22×30″ From my latest gallery show at Zip 37. I had been taken with Emily Dickinson’s several poems on the subject, but also saw a contemporary commentary in the reversal of roles: it’s the man who wears the Hijab in this scenario.

 

 

 

Room in Remembrance, Monotype 15x21", 2010
Room in Remembrance, Monotype 15×21″, 2010

Tree House, Monotype 15x21", 2010
Tree House, Monotype 15×21″, 2010

Immortality, Monotype 15x21", 2011
Immortality, Monotype 15×21″, 2011. From a 2012 gallery show inspired by poetry by Emily Dickinson.

Newcomers, Monotype 15x21", 2011
Newcomers, Monotype 15×21″, 2011

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