Are you a boy or a girl?
5.5 x 8.5 in
Letterpress printed linocut and hand set metal type
This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2018. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Mary Louise Sullivan is a bookbinder and printmaker who owns and operates Crowing Hens Bindery in Nashville, Tennessee. After studying printmaking and photography at Maryville College, she joined the ranks at Hatch Show Print. Over the course of five years as a designer and letterpress printer she discovered a love for production, traditional processes, and was introduced to bookbinding. Her growing interest and curiosity into the making of books and small business entrepreneurship led her to the University of Iowa Center for the Book in Iowa City where she studied papermaking, fine press printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy. After obtaining her MFA in Book Arts, Mary moved back to her hometown of Nashville and founded Crowing Hens Bindery where she focuses in traditional stationery bookbinding, letterpress printed stationery, book jewelry, decorative papers, and fine art prints.
My linocut prints are a response to my interests in observing and cataloguing nature as well as the studies of biological and scientific illustration, wood engraving, and medieval woodcuts and manuscript illumination. I translate the world around me into line and texture, drawing into linoleum with a blade. Then using inks, and pigments I attempt to accurately document my subject in line and pattern using traditional wood engraving techniques as an inspiration, continually pushing the boundaries of detail one can achieve with linoleum and a razor sharp blade. Through the making of my prints I challenge myself to reexamine my natural curiosity and to engage in patient, focused observation, bringing detail and texture to every element. In this way I satisfy my curiosity about the natural world by creating art that is beautiful and simultaneously educational.