WOMEN SPEAK

MONOTYPE PRINT, COLLAGE, GRAPHIC DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION

This mixed media collage explores the relationship between sex, feminism, and the historical role of female voices and bodies in the media. Using an iconic image of Marilyn Monroe as the base for the composition, Erin experimented with monotype printmaking, typography, graphic design, and collage to explore what a female "sex symbol" of old Hollywood represents in today's conversations about sex positivity, mental health advocacy, and female empowerment. By juxtaposing select colors, words, and letters with this illustrated iconic image, this composition aims to spark questions and generate a conversation among viewers and for the artist herself.

Six monotype prints were pulled by painting directly onto the plexiglass plate for each round of prints. Erin mixed two different values of black lithography ink for these prints, then used a brayer (roller) and a course paintbrush to illustrate the image onto the plate. She ran the prints one at a time through the lithography press to produce the image, experimenting with how variations in value and technique could produce a variety of textures and qualities in each print.

© 2019 by ERIN LEE CARMAN