Saturday, January 5, 2019

Printing sessions

I am a printmaker who does not own a press. For years I have created prints using alternative printing methods, until my recent residency at the Constellation Stdios, in Lincoln, NE.
Having a press all to myself 24/7 was like falling in love again to a long lost lover. Now I am totally hooked to printing, the ink preparation, the smell, the paper, the trans I get while I am composing my images. I never use sketchbooks. Before the printing session I gather my carved blocks, my tools, the ink, the paper and I compose the images upon the whim of the day. I love the double excitement of pulling a print that I have put together in an almost automatic unpremeditated way. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy new vessels

Let us toast the new year with colorful wood cuts, vessels printed on Japanese Awagami paper, fruit of my residency in Constellation Studios in Nebraska .
May 2019 be a year full of inner light, warmth, creativity and adventure that nourish the soul. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ruth Asawa: Life's Work

Ruth Asawa at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, photos by N.Exarhu
I saw this very beautiful show at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Asawa is a remarkable American artist, I had never heard of. Her experimental sculptures are totally innovative, poetic and etherial. She explores light and shadow, weight and volume, materiality and transparency and the in-between or negative space.

"I am able to take a wire line and go into the air and define the air without stealing it from anyone. A line can enclose and define space while letting the air remain air. You can see right through most of my sculpture...And I like the way the pieces overlap, because they are transparent. Transparency is very exciting to me." 
-Ruth Asawa

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pressing Matters

I am getting ready for a week long residency at Karen Kunc’s Constellation Studios in Nebraska. After a long pause of a couple of years I have not been doing printmaking, I am going to start developing my project under the name “Ikat DNA”. 
I am going to create a hybrid between photography and printmaking, exploring the visual vocabulary of Uzbek Ikat textiles and the faces of Uzbekistan’s future. 
My passion for Ikat textiles brought me to the ancient cities on the Silk Road. Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent. I have spent three weeks touring the landlocked Central Asian Country, crossing deserts, the steppes, visiting fabulous cities and monuments and taking pictures of children. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Indictio/ Ινδικτος

On the occasion of the Indictio of September 1, 2018 I am starting a personal art blog under the ospices of Charbonnel . 
First and foremost  I should explain what indictio means. 
Since the Roman times Indictio marked the beginning of the year and the time of harvest, compulsory provisions of food and clothing in preparation of the winter, as well as the collection of taxes, the start of the fiscal year. 
In modern day Greece, Indictio marks the new year, a day that counts the time since the beginning of the creation, approximately 7980 years ago. Also Indictio/ Ινδικτος marks still in the rural Greece the first day of the new, as well as the ecclesiastical year. 
From now on, this will be the place I present and write about  my art. Monoprints, photography and ceramics. 
Stay tuned. 
Nancy Exarhu

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Embarking to a new year

First day of 2013, a year I intend to keep this blog afloat and bring to its followers lots of art news and artwork! May the wind blow into our sails!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


"Talisman", hand made necklace and earrings by Natassa Fokianidou-Theodoridou

Natassa, who is also known as Pharaona, lives and works as a fiber artist in Thessaloniki, Greece.
She says about her work:"Yarns are a very seductive adventure for me. Whenever I see any sort of weaving it always attracts my attention. A silk shawl or a cotton blouse make me instantly observe their way of construction and how they are weaved or knit, whether they are hand made or machine made. I begin immediately to make a story. How it would look in another color, with what other fabric it would go on well, where it comes from… and all this happens in a fraction of time, many years now. As a result of this craze with yarns and weavings I keep on experimenting with combining them with other materials. Wood, stones, beads, bones, dried flowers, shells, silver and gold, brass, wire, glass, leather, papier mache. What I really enjoy is when materials have a completely opposite texture, and the color combinations are daring and unusual. But what satisfies me the most and feel it deep in my heart is that: part of me is concentrated right on my work bench and my other half flies untamed on top of the sea, on mountains, volcanoes, woodlands, lakes, rivers, waterfalls that are full of the daylight, the dusk and the dawn, living alone with a rhythm full of mystery.
There, along with all these, I love, and I keep being creative."