STEVEN A. CHAPP
Medium: Printmaking , Visual Arts
I have always enjoyed making marks on a surface to create an image. Printmaking is one of the media in which I do this. It is my objective to create images that not only speak of marks but to have marks that speak for the image. As an artist I am foremost an observer of things around me whether they be the landscape, people or animal. In many of my images I use the crow is a metaphor for humankind. I use the crow as an observer of events, the ever present watchful eye. My use of color, the darkness of the image, the composition and the subject matter of the crow often tell a story of mystery and turmoil. Other times my subjects just speak to me through my interest in their form, or the subject moves me in its possible meaning. I am interested in narrative images, which goes back to my childhood when I was attracted to the illustrations in books. I was far more interested in the story I found in the illustration than the words on the page. I could use my imagination to create my own story. My maternal grandfather introduced me to the printed images on postage stamps and this was and still is an interest of mine and I believe played a crucial role in my interest in the printed image. I want my images to tell a story and for you to read what you will into the images.