Roberta e. Laine
The images that I create are a result of experimentation and play. I work intuitively and make aesthetic decisions using formal properties including point of emphasis, balance, movement, and unity. I am influenced by objects that most people might discard. Intricate folds and patterns that are created by product packaging are intriguing. I unfold every box with thoughts of image potential. The flattened packages are used to create shaped templates which I ink and run through a printing press onto paper. Plywood and grocery produce bags are used to create background textures. If you look closely you may recognize some from your own shopping experience. Vinyl lettering leftovers may appear as cryptic text or aerial street views. Printing onto translucent paper allows me to layer and build depth while summoning imaginary images for the viewer to translate.
“The Space Between” series are monoprints which are a form of printmaking where the image can only be printed once, unlike most printmaking processes which allow for multiple images.
I am a full-time artist who grew up in the Midwest and now call Fort Worth, TX my home. As a child, I was fortunate to have a mother who provided countless art supplies and who was also undaunted by the messes and half-finished projects that would sometimes be left behind when I would decide to go in a new direction. I was certain that I wanted to pursue a career in art in spite of my 1st Grade teacher, Mrs. Poulette, who gave me a C- for coloring outside the lines on my art project.
I earned a B.S. of Art Education (1978) and a Masters of General Education (1995) from The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. I taught visual art to public school students for 30 years, while creating my own artwork and pursuing my creative interests during the summers at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Frogman’s Print Workshops, Milwaukee School of Art and Design, and the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-En-Provence, France.
After my retirement from teaching high school art in 2017, I had the opportunity to teach at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in the Interior Architecture Department from 2017-2019. Since then I have been living my dream of being a full-time artist.