Yolanda del Riego for WAIART (A WAIART Artist Profile)

Yolanda del Riego for WAIART (A WAIART Artist Profile)


Art is my life and for me art is an adventure. I consider myself an artist/printmaker. Most of my works are on paper and created, at least partially, using an etching press. Printmaking is an indirect medium. Which suits me because I like to experiment with ideas over a long period of time Early in my career I had the fortune to study with Jules Heller He opened my eyes to a new world of possibilities. He would say: “printmaking is an old craft…” “…and there are lots of recipes.” “But as an artist that prints their own works…” “…there is no need to follow them.” “You have the liberty to do what you want”. In the year 2000 I came to believe that, in this century, digital art must be part of an artist’s repertoire. I realized I needed to learn how to use a computer and how to express myself using digital tools like Photoshop. By 2006, I was exhibiting my first digital works Arde el Windsor [Windsor Burning] y Desmontaje [Dismantling] I approach my digital works as an artist/printmaker. Looking for the same kinds of textures and reliefs, even if they’re only an illusion. My digital file is like my plate. And it too is an indirect way of working. I follow no rules when I work. I experiment to find the way to do what I need to get I want. I’m now creating digital artworks for WAIRT. I have been experimenting with different digital printing methods on different types of supports. For example, direct to substrate printing on a metal surface like Dibond. It is fantastic to see how it resembles a metal plate inked “à la poupée” before passing it through the etching press. It’s truly thrilling to see a digital file achieve the same velvety black quality as a mezzotint. I like full-bleed printing. It makes the work seem to extend beyond the borders of the support. That’s why sometimes I add what I call a digital matt to a work. I have always created evolving editions. I am much more interested in exploring new variations than repeating something over and over again. I could spend the rest of my life
creating variations of a single composition. It’s fascinating to see how color and shapes can change the meaning of the same image. I will be looking to make the most of the
unique qualities I find in different supports as I continue to create artworks for WAIART.

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