Florence Gidez is a Brooklyn-based printmaker originally from Vermont. Her work explores rural architecture, decay and the natural world as it crosses paths with the man-made. She works from both experience and imagination, exploring the fallibility of memory and the impossibility of replicating the past. A dedication to craftsmanship is what draws her to buildings as subject matter and to silkscreen as a medium.
I am an artist working primarily in silkscreen, and an arts educator working with youth in all five boroughs of New York City.
My work consists of hand drawn and printed, color charged silkscreens on paper and dimensional constructions of ramshackle buildings, vehicles, plants and animals. The idea of place, both in general and specific, is a theme I always return to. Moving to New York City after growing up in Vermont I felt a sense of nostalgia for rural architecture, open space, and decay. Wherever I travel there is another farm, house, bus, or shack overcome by time, vegetation and eventually the elements that collapse them. This sense of loss is as present in many urban environments as it is in rural ones like Vermont. The physical spaces which we call home hold a deep resonance for me. The concept of home has become more intangible in our fraught economic reality, evolving as more of us move untethered in a globalized world. Home is both a real and imagined place. Our instinct to build safe spaces counters the inevitable forces of entropy to break it down. A dedication to craftsmanship is what draws me to architecture as subject matter and to printmaking as a medium. Silkscreen specifically allows me to transmute a range of drawing marks - dip pen, brush, marker, and lithographic crayon - through a process that unifies them. The diversity of textures enables me to be both graphic and painterly. I use this process additively, layering elements onto an image after printing has begun, much as buildings and landscapes are modified over time.
- Screen Printing
These silkscreens were all printed using a mix of Speedball products. I love to mix the bright fluorescent Acrylic Screen Printing Inks with Extender Base to increase the transparency. I also augment the colors with the more traditional palette of Akua Liquid Pigments in colors like Burnt Umber and Phthalo Blue Green. These inks are highly pigmented and very easy to work with as they don't require any modifications beyond color mixing.