VISITORS CENTER GALLERY
FRATELLI'S CAFE GALLERY
Caroline Coolidge Brown is a native Memphian and a mixed media artist, printmaker and visual journaler now living in Charlotte, NC.
"For the past year I have explored printmaking, sparked by a desire to branch into this art form and funded in part by a generous grant from the Charlotte Arts and Science Council. My monotype printing style grows directly from the mixed media processes that I have used over the years. As I explore, for example, manipulating inks on acrylic printing plates, I also experiment with various found objects – string, metal washers, paper stencils – to add texture, layers, and patterns. The desire for interesting organic shapes led naturally (pun intended!) to my yard, garden, and neighborhood, where fern fronds, leaves, vines, and flowers are gathered to add dimensions of curve, figure, and form to my work. The “mono” in “monotype” is easy to misunderstand. It refers to the end result (a single unique artwork) rather than the process (a single pass through the press). To make the prints in this show, I ran heavy all-cotton paper through the press many times, overlapping colors and layering shapes. Each plant was worked multiple times, sometimes used to cover out ink (creating negative shapes) and at other times inked directly (creating a positive image). Thus no two monotypes are alike. Each is its own combination of structured technique and spontaneous organic shapes. Hydrangea leaves, Carolina jasmine vines, Wisteria blossoms and Ginkgo leaves have passed through the press lately, and I am excited to share the results in this show. My monotypes have become an exciting way for me to abstract and record the beauty of my own backyard and the natural world beyond."
The Fratelli's Cafe Gallery monthly art exhibits are on display in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery during cafe hours. Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We love for you to stop in and have a look even if you are not dining at the cafe! If you want to give the artist feedback don't hesitate to find the art event posting on Memphis Botanic Garden's Facebook page and post your comment. We are happy to connect you with the artist and pass your feedback along. Enjoy!
All exhibited pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds directly benefiting the garden's art, education and horticulture programs.