Olivia Gregonis

Block print

The Rodeo print above was created using a linoleum stamp. I chose to use a cowboy because it reflects a part of American society that is nowadays often forgotten. The Cowboy image does not have a deeper meaning nor does it stand for a symbol other than the allusion to western Movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Often prints like this are done with a familiar image like Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Similarly, I wanted to use an image that everyone could recognize. I used the stamp I made on a larger scale so I could repeat the print a lot, so it looked almost like a pattern for wallpaper. In the beginning, I did a lot of trial prints so I could decide what colors to use and what still needed to be carved away in the linoleum. Once I had the stamp carved,  I decided I wanted to make my larger piece in blue and red, almost like 3D glasses. First I covered the sheet with a layer of navy blue cowboys to then begin going over it with a fire engine red. Then when I was at the fourth line from the bottom, I noticed I had a variation with the spacing among the different rows. To make this look intentional, I began making the space between the two different colored cowboys greater, as if there was a gradient. Overall I am pleased with the effect the print has on the viewer’s eye; the overwhelming effect makes the viewer’s eye move around the page and eventually notice the gradient and singular cowboys.