Printmaker, Dorothy Anderson Grow, from Traverse City, Michigan, exhibits her work in universities and cultural centers throughout the state. Her last exhibition was at The Traverse City Art and Design Studio. The show titled “Symmetry” had 22 of her latest pieces hung on 4′ x 8′ panels in groups of three showing related themes. Her next scheduled show will be in October at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. Grow is a native of neighboring Upper Peninsula city, Marquette. She also shares in a common Finnish/Scandinavian heritage. Grow holds a Master of Fine Art from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, and taught at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.
Dorothy Anderson Grow has this to say about herself and her work:
“I am one of a few printmakers in Northern Michigan. I work from my home studio using Akua water-based inks on my Takach etching press. I have a darkroom where I process my Imagon etching plates. I became a full time printmaker about fifteen years ago. In undergraduate and graduate school, I studied various forms of printmaking, but I was committed to be a non-objective acrylic painter. Then, I rediscovered printmaking and the many creative options it presents me. I approach my work as problem solving. The great thing about printmaking is that I can work on several related pieces at the same time, diversifying the outcomes. I create one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled prints, never editions. My prints cannot be duplicated due to the multiple layering that make up each finished print.”
“My intaglio prints are created with bold colored shapes and flowing lines forming large graphic compositions. Yet, a closer look reveals multiple layers and entangled forms. They compel the viewer to examine and become involved in the work. Printmaking allows me the freedom to experiment, be innovative and to take risks. The process is full of surprises and unintended outcomes. It is this sense of discovery I wish to pass on to the viewer.”
“My work begins with an abstract drawing or photographic image. After I create the original image, it is transformed into an etching plate. Using my intaglio etching press, I print a series of three or four hand inked etching plates. I proceed to diversify the final outcomes by printing varied layers of monotypes and collage materials onto each print.”
“I choose to compose non-traditionally. I want the viewer to experience a new dimension and a unique perspective. The two-dimensional space is usually a simplified symmetrical or centered composition. From that point, I am free to experiment and create a third dimension by formulating an interaction between the overlapping elements. It is the layering of etching plates, monotypes and collage that create a final form that transcends any single layer.”