Artist 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. In 2019-21, one of these etchings will be included in a traveling exhibit selected by the Southern Graphics Council.
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