Meet Your Artist: Cori Lin

Who are you? What do you do?

I am an artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, I am in my second year with Americorps, focusing on youth work and programming. Trained in printmaking, painting, and anthropology, I create art to visually organize and process my thoughts (my journal is not so different from my sketchbook).  My work is personal, self-deprecating, and hangry.

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Click on the images above to see full artwork.

Why did you want to be involved in ARTiculture?

The ARTiculture program is exciting for me as I begin to deepen my roots in the Midwest.  I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and experience, and feel that my work is more meaningful when it exists within a community. Previously, I have made a few art series that draw directly from personal landmarks in Minneapolis and really good brunches.

The community focus, large quantity of artwork, and long-planning phase of ARTiculture fit perfectly with my artist temperament: I love planning and community art! Not only will the program focus my work on local fauna, the funding will allow me to print for the first time since I graduated! I will be using the funding to purchase printmaking paper, rent studio space and press time, as well as take a class to learn a new technique of printing.

What are you creating for the CSA? How do you make it?

I am planning on creating two series of 25 prints each.

Vision: 


The first piece will be a larger print/paper cut of a snapping turtle. The focus of the piece will be a detailed print of a snapping turtle shell.

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The second piece will be a little flag series, very similar to this flag set I have made previously:

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The new flag series will be of Midwestern mammals. I am still planning but am most likely going to include a chipmunk, beaver, white-tailed deer, hoary bat, and red squirrel!

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Process: 

Both series will be produced by photopolymer letterpress printing.  This uses those huge, extremely old presses that were made for moveable type.  Photopolymer is the process that most people use to letter press today. I couldn’t find a basic explanation of the process, so I drew a quick sketch below.

When your fancy friend tells you they are getting their wedding invitations letterpress printed, this is probably how they are doing it! I will be drawing the images, turning them into plates, and then printing the plates to make multiple prints.

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Facilities: 

This past summer I interned at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a beautiful studio/education center/gallery in downtown Minneapolis.  MCBA says that it is “the most comprehensive book arts facility in the world” and I totally believe them.  They have a large collection of beautiful presses that have not been in production for at least 30 odd years.

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I am looking forward to tackling these two big projects over the next few months! If you are interested in seeing updates you can follow me at www.corinlin.wordpress.com or on Instagram @cori.lin.art where I will be posting pictures and videos of the sketching and printing process!

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