The prints of Johanna Mueller are imbued with personal mythology as she draws from her own narrative, cultural and historical references, pattern and design, and ancient myth and legend. The animals in her work are elevated from beast to mythic status as they take on human emotions and become metaphoric portraits of the artist and others. Johanna 's prints are relief engravings, she explains, "The reason for doing an engraving is to make a print. A print is made by inking one surface and pressing it onto another: in this case, paper. Where the printing surface has been shaped or cut into it will take no ink and so it will not print any onto the paper, which therefore remains white at those points. Such printing from a top surface which stands ' in relief' from what is lower, is called relief printing. A relief print can be made with any object that can be inked. A fingerprint is a relief print. Or it can be made with an object specifically prepared for inking - a printing block; and this can be, among other things, a child' s potato cut, a linocut, a woodcut, a wood engraving or an engraving on plastic. " A Denver CO, native, Johanna has an MFA from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She has been part of group shows nationwide as well as several solo shows. Johanna has work in the collections of Iowa State University, the Mid American Print Council, the University of Nebraska, and various private collections worldwide. She lives in Denver, CO.
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