“Generations: Works on Paper” On View at FDU Gallery
Teaneck, N.J. (January 4, 2007) – Printmaker Virginia Evans Smit shares her memories and her family’s life in this collection of images she has transferred via monoprint, silkscreen and mixed media, in her latest exhibit, “Generations: Works on Paper.” They are on view at the Edward Williams Gallery, on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ, from February 5 to March 9, 2007. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.
To make a personal statement about her past as an urban African-American/Native American, Smit selected images from family albums. They range from Grandmother Dockett’s college graduation portrait, family photos, snap shots of her own youth with friends, to her own children at play. Puns and childhood rhymes from “Hambone” and “When I Grow Up” punctuate the background and titles of her work.
“The monoprint process requires painting an image on a smooth flat surface and transferring it to fine art paper using an etching press,” explains Smit. The photos are transferred on paper in several ways. In “Old Retired Men” a black and white photocopy is transformed into a lithograph plate, inked and applied to the monoprint using a press. In the landscape “Black Native Americans” a color photocopy has been transferred using a solvent — then the paper is adhered to the monoprint using the chine colle method.
Smit is a printmaker, painter and educator. She is a graduate of Morgan State University, earned an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is working toward a doctorate at Columbia University. She has had over fourteen solo shows, and has been included in many group shows in the United States, Japan and France. Collectors of Smit’s work include the Bank of America, Library of Congress, The New York Public Library and The Fuba Collection of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Admission to the Gallery is free. For more information call 201-692-2449.