Life and Death of a Coral Reef
November 21 - December 12, 2019
Opening Reception - Thursday, November 21, 5 -7pm
The Gulf of Mexico and regional aquatic environments are struggling to support the
abundance of life they are known for. With this in mind students in FGCU’s Relief
Printmaking class and two art classes at Cypress Lake High School worked together
to express their concern for the health of our local waters. Using gesso, collage
and scrap matt board student artists constructed plates called collagraphs. The images
they made were inspired by the theme “the life and death of a coral reef”. On Saturday,
November 2nd, FGCU printmaking students joined with the students from Cypress Lake
High School and together they assembled their “plates”. Each plate was inked by hand
using a brayer and soy based inks. After inking, they were arranged on sheets of plywood
into spontaneously created compositions. Large sheets of paper were placed over the
compositions and then each was run over with a steamroller, transforming the steamroller
into a printing press. As each print was pulled individual expressions became a unified
voice. The work they created speaks loudly of their awareness of what we are losing
and the hope that what is left can be preserved and restored. The collaborative spirit
behind creating this work provides a wonderful example of what can be accomplished
through a shared vision and common goals as we look ahead.
~ Andy Owen, Associate Professor of Art
FGCU RELIEF PRINTMAKING PARTICIPANTS
CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
...The work created at Cypress Lake High School was guided by teachers Patricia Bonwell and Elodie Cotton...
This exhibition and workshop was sponsored by Gene and Lee Seidler, The Layden Family Foundation, The Smith Family Foundation of Estero, and Diana and Ken Lewis.