Area of Study
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
My work has focused on two sides of the artistic process: inspiration and application. While studying abroad, I read, saw, and experienced modern France, living with a host family in Dijon. In the midst of this, I researched the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a French printmaker who utilized the lithographic process and pushed it forward as a modern and respected art practice. Lithography is a type of art involving changing the chemical nature of limestone to attract ink where an image is drawn with greasy pens. Returning to the Puget Sound campus and to one of the few lithograph studios in the Northwest, I was allowed the opportunity to explore modern subjects in a process that certainly contributed to the style of the artists I studied. I used my research that I did in Dijon as a point of departure to aid my own exploration of lithography as a medium. I soon came to find the techniques involved in lithography are laborious, at times monotonous, and ultimately require patience and practice; yet they pay off in the unique nature of a lithographic print.
Harper, Karina M., "Exploring Distortion and Clarity in the Modern Printed Portrait" (2014). Summer Research. 216.
University of Puget Sound