Brooke Lambert

I grew up in Cape Elizabeth, on the coast of Maine, where I spent countless hours by
the ocean, swimming, walking the beach in all seasons, collecting shells and sea glass,
enthralled by the ever-changing light and movement of the waves. My work is largely
influenced by the emotions and memories of these spaces and other natural
environments. In my art I share these moments of happiness and hope: the floating
shadows you see submerged underneath a wave, the red tinge behind your eyelids
while lifting your face to the sun, the pattern of a honeycomb or a fishing net, and all
the beautiful shapes, forms, and color in nature.
My prints are primarily collagraphs because I am drawn to the sculptural qualities
and rich range of color I can achieve in this way of working. I collect materials that I
then use to build a low-relief plate which serves as a matrix for my printing process. I
think of my plates as sculptures in their own right. I ink my plates and put them
through the press covered with 100% cotton rag paper. The enormous pressure from
the drum of the press bed pushes the materials from the plate into the paper, leaving
an embossed print. Afterwards, painting the prints gives me the option to vary my
images with changes in color, value, and texture.

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