My most recent prints, titled Surface Wear, expand the relationship between the human body and surface through the lens of skin and clothing. Each work is comprised of varied combinations of pressure-printed fabrics and impressions of human skin on paper that take the shape of sewing patterns. I tear my prints after the first layers are established and follow the tears with shuffling, reassembling, and reprinting before stitching the pieces together. The prints are a reflection on the role of surface as a boundary. They are barriers that capture, like a fine net or filter, the actions of an artist at work. The actions themselves permeate the paper, but the evidence of the experience is registered—or printed—onto the paper’s surface. They are left behind as affirmations of life.
AJ Zandt is an artist and printmaker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University in 2019 and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from University of Minnesota in 2011. His printmaking work has been exhibited in numerous national exhibitions, including the Mid America Print Council Juried Exhibition in Laramie, Wyoming; the Parkside National Small Print Juried Exhibition in Parkside, Wisconsin; and the Annual Paper In Particular National Juried Exhibition in Columbia, Missouri.
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