So, I make an obscene amount of prints. I experiment with all kinds of printmaking techniques, some old and some new. Recently i have been creating prints that incorporate the visual element of pixel art. I read about how relief prints were some of the oldest methods that artists worked with and decided to give it a go. I started with a VERY basic materiel: cardboard. I cut out a square and then drew on a grid similar to the grid patterns used for pixel art. I then cut out square pieces of cardboard and glued them according to the color of each pixel. I then let dry, and proceeded to add colored acrylic paint and used my cardboard matrix to stamp onto paper. Thus creating a series of pixel prints.
Now, it wasn't until I had a wonderful meeting with my art mentor Ana Fernandez. That I was told that these cardboard prints were actually the works of art themselves. Once Ana told me this, i began to see what it was that I had actually done. What I actually had done, without realizing, was that I was recreating a computer monitor in the form of a relief print. Although the level of engineering a computer system is much more complex, I see many similarities between that and my matrix print.