January Artist – Cathy Savage
Cathy Savage lives in Austin with her kids and furry beasts. She focuses mainly on printmaking and collage but lately has been venturing off into paint. Her current work is influenced by science and mathematics as well as prominent historical leaders in the fields. She also enjoys being outside and credits her love of birds and trees to her time spent living on a farm in Germany when she was a child–the sheep farm was a mile from the hamlet and the grazing fields were surrounded by trees and were a pleasure to explore. She has recently started painting trees and finds delight in hiding messages in the layers of paint.
Cathy enjoys the methodical process of thinking in reverse, building a matrix, scraping, inking and pulling prints. She is happiest in the print studio. Her collages are more immediate by the nature of the medium and tend to be more whimsical and colorful. Cathy reuses and reworks printed images and they show up in her collages and assemblages, so images pop up again in different compositions. Cathy has a background in graphic design and a fascination with type, so text often makes an appearance. Cathy is a mixed-media artist but, when asked about her work, describes herself as a printmaker. She’s in love with the printmaking process, especially the delightful surprises each state often brings.
Cathy has exhibited throughout the US, but primarily in Austin, and celebrated her first solo show at Stone Metal Press in San Antonio ten years ago. Honors include Juror’s Award of Excellence from the Bering James Gallery in Houston as well as statements and reproductions of her work in the Austin American-Statesman and The Austin Chronicle. Cathy received a BS in Studio Art from Florida State University, and she lives and prints in Austin.
I’m fascinated with the printmaking process, especially the delightful surprises that come the first time a new plate is pulled. I gravitate toward the textural effects of collagraphs finding platemaking is only limited by one’s imagination. I work in other mediums on occasion, with my excitement for layers and textures fitting nicely into my collage and assemblage pieces. Science and math are recent fascinations and I’m learning volumes about subjects that I once gave little notice.
Ms. Savage is one of the founders of PrintAustin, an artist-led nonprofit organization working to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking. The organization’s annual festival is held January 15 through February 15, and is currently in its seventh year. PrintAustin’s mission is “to share our enthusiasm for printmaking by helping galleries, universities and artists curate, exhibit and promote works on paper and to engage a wider audience through artist talks, signings, panels, printmaking demonstrations and print-focused art happenings.”
Must See Events at PrintAustin:
OPENING CEREMONY & PROCESSION BY WOLFBAT STUDIOS
Experience print like never before during this print-inspired procession celebrating the opening weekend of PrintAustin 2020! Wolfbat Studios is working up some ceremonial puppetry made of woodblock prints that will make its way around Canopy and help us kick off this year’s festival.
Date: January 17, Procession will begin at 6:30pm
Venue: Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd
THE PRINTMAKER’S BALL
PrintAustin’s whimsical masquerade evening returns! Get a glimpse of the artists, galleries, and editioning shops exhibiting during our PrintEXPO, tune in for a talk by Art Historian Dr. Karen Pope on the Art of Collecting, and witness an unconventional collaboration between visual artist Ben Sorrell and dance artist Annelize Machado inspired by threads of ancient and contemporary history, art, and mythology. Creative cocktail attire and masks highly encouraged!
Date: January 31, 7–10pm
Cost: $20 suggested donation
Venue: Blue Genie Big Top, 6100 Airport Blvd
PrintEXPO + Bin Fest + Steamroller + TRADE portfolio
The PrintEXPO is PrintAustin’s annual print fair, featuring 64 booths of artists, galleries, editioning shops, and universities. All weekend, purchase original artwork from regional and national talent, and flip through our bins of prints to add new work to your art collection. Experience live steamroller printing on Saturday, Feb 1, sponsored by Clay Imports and organized in partnership with Texas A&M University-Kingsville Dept. of Art, Communications and Theatre. This event is free and family-friendly.
Date: February 1, 11am–5pm & February 2, 11am–3pm
Venue: Blue Genie Big Top, 6100 Airport Blvd
Note: There are PrintAustin events happening at Canopy and all over town at participating locations. Please visit PrintAustin.org for more information and a full calendar of events.