Barbara Shapiro
Artist Statement

I found my sweet spot when I discovered Printmaking. I am a non-toxic Printmaker who travels between Pronto Plate Lithography, Monotypes and Monoprints, Carborundum prints, Dry Points and whatever else captures my imagination when I begin putting ink to brayer.
What is most interesting to me is types of layering. My most recent works have been printed on Mylar that already has a ground on it. It could be an India ink wash or acrylic paint that was from a work that I am no longer satisfied with.  Since these Monotypes are all experiments I look forward to the surprise seeing how the Mylar will react to the inked plates. 

On my Monotypes which I do on metal plates I often have 5 or 6 successively inked layers which I roll out without removing the ghost from previous printings. This layering process creates a richer and more interesting print.
Pronto Plate Lithography allows me to cut out shapes and ink them separately reorganizing them like puzzle pieces either in their original configuration or some variation. 
I often choose to add richness to my work by adding Collage Material which I call "pasted paper" and/or texture by adding Carborundum to my work.

Surprises abound.