Each of these multi-layered prints was made by painting directly onto a plate using brushes, squeegees, rollers and sponges. The inked plates were then sent through a press with water-soaked paper, leaving a unique impression: the technique “Monoprint” implies one single impression per inked plate. An abstracted night sky moonrise is evoked through a compositional play of gestural marks, geometric elements and monochromatic planes.
Mara De Luca is a Los-Angeles based painter who received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from CalArts. The work explores a variety of art historical references from action painting of the Abstract Expressionists to late 19th century Romanticism. The work is also inspired by the landscape of everyday life in Los Angeles with it’s traffic, billboard advertising and the “stunning natural beauty coexisting in a cultural climate of facile content.”