About the Prints
Joan Dix Blair works in woodcut and etching, using traditional techniques. Her interest lies with mark-making that is in tune with her material - whether it be copper or wood. The artist's vocabulary includes abstraction, simplification, and small editions. By working in series, variant editions occur from the same plate. The artist's subject is often an element of the landscape.
The group of etchings involving salamanders and their habitat occupied the artist for four years. This series consists of long etchings presented as scrolls and a ceramic installation. In 2018, Blair began a new series of etchings based on the typology of oak leaves, and she continues work with this subject.
About the Artist
Joan Dix Blair is a juried member of The Boston Printmakers, The California Society of Printmakers, The Los Angeles Printmaking Society, and she exhibits in the Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File. During 2015-16, the artist participated as a juried member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery cooperative in Washington, DC. Blair exhibits nationally and has been awarded three fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. In 2019-21, an etching by the artist will be included in a traveling exhibit selected by the Southern Graphics Council.