Faces in the Forest, I, 2005
David C. Driskell (American 1931-2020)
image size 14 x 11 in, sheet size size: 22 1/2 × 15 1/2 in
Courtesy of Experimental Printmaking Institute, transfer, 2013
The print, Faces in the Forest, I is David [C. Driskell’s] most experimental using a textured serigraph technique developed at Lafayette College’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. This process was designed to achieve the qualities of texture and relief that is a signature of Driskell’s work. Executed over a six-week period with the assistance of three Lafayette students: Sara Smith-Katz ’07, Jessica Robertson ’07, and Preeza Shrestha ’08, the print required numerous printings and hand-textured surfaces to capture David’s unique style as both a painter and printmaker, and to express the collage and layered surfaces. (Curlee Raven Holton, David C. Driskell, reflections and memories, exhibition catalogue pg.7, Lafayette College Art Galleries, 2006). .
Since its founding in 1996, the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) passionately advocated for printmaking as an indispensable component of cultural and creative engagement. Combining traditional printmaking techniques with experimental approaches, EPI is committed to advancing this dynamic art form and expanding our visual language. At the heart of this groundbreaking program are artists’ residencies that to date have yielded more than 350 editions by artists such as Faith Ringgold, Richard Anuszkiewicz, David C. Driskell, Grace Hartigan, and Sam Gilliam.
Curlee Raven Holton, David M. ’70 and Linda Roth Professor of Art, was founding director of EPI and master printmaker, 1996-2016. EPI is now directed by Pedro Barbieto, following Holton’s retirement.