Walking in Wonder: featuring new work by Tricia Soderberg
I’m interested in the details of landscape as opposed to the sweeping vistas. Much of the work in this exhibition is inspired by my love of botanical gardens. I've always felt a spirit of energy and renewal when visiting these places. I think of my process as being akin to planning and planting a garden.
I find the process of monotype printmaking very satisfying. It allows me to loosen up and become receptive to the results of my initial efforts. I start with a determined yet playful focus. I employ the method of layering imagery to evoke the sensation of looking at objects which are close, however at the same time you are aware of the space behind. I pre-select the forms I’m going to use by assembling hand cut stencils to create shapes and patterns and then allow for randomness to occur. My background in painting comes into play as I allow my intuition to dictate the color palette.
I may go into the print later with gouache, pastels, watercolor and collage to enhance areas. This method results in a mixed media artwork reminiscent of going for a walk and discovering a protected area full of blooms, dragonflies, and birds. A place to invigorate the senses.
About the Artist:
Tricia Soderberg was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned her BFA in painting from Wayne State University. She later took classes in illustration at the Center for Creative Studies also in Detroit. She became interested in printmaking in 2011 after taking a class at The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Subsequent studies in printmaking led to becoming a member of the Tuesday Printmakers group at the BBAC from 2019 to 2020.
Tricia earned a certificate in Interactive Marketing from Walsh College in 2000. She worked as a graphic designer and event coordinator for Aon Corporation in Southfield, Michigan for twenty seven years. She is a past director of the Willis Gallery and has curated exhibitions for the WDIV studios in Detroit.
After retiring from corporate life Tricia moved with her husband to Colorado Springs in 2021. She is a member of the Manitou Art Center where she takes advantage of their printing press to begin her work. The monotypes are further developed in her home studio in Colorado Springs.