Printmaker in the making

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Printmaker in the making

Jazmin Gonzalez, senior art major with an emphasis in printmaking, came across the art of printmaking in the studios and classrooms of Chico State. Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

Jazmin Gonzalez, senior art major with an emphasis in printmaking, came across the art of printmaking in the studios and classrooms of Chico State. Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

Jazmin Gonzalez, senior art major with an emphasis in printmaking, came across the art of printmaking in the studios and classrooms of Chico State. Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

Jazmin Gonzalez, senior art major with an emphasis in printmaking, came across the art of printmaking in the studios and classrooms of Chico State. Photo credit: Floritzel Salvador

Floritzel Salvador

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Jazmin Gonzalez, senior art major, focuses her art on printmaking.

Printmaking is everywhere, literally. You may pass by pieces of print on your way to class or to work. But very few people know the process or the people behind these phenomenal pieces of work. Luckily, Chico State has students that are talented printmakers.

If you go to the studio located on the first floor of Ayres Hall on a Sunday afternoon, you’re most likely going to meet Gonzalez, a student who spends countless hours perfecting her prints.

She is a 21-year-old who’s really good at printmaking.

Gonzalez came across printmaking when she first came to Chico State. Prior to that, she didn’t have much knowledge about this form of art.

“Not many people know about printmaking,” Gonzalez said. “This type of art requires a lot of skill; it’s very contemporary and experimental, but it’s still underrated.”

She is currently working on a series of prints that relate to her own personal growth.

“I like to focus on adaptation and symbolism, because I feel like my art should say what it means,” she said.

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  • Gonzalez carefully places her paper onto the printing press to get her piece directly onto the center of the paper.

  • Gonzalez spends countless hours in a studio located in Ayres Hall. There she works at perfecting and bettering her technique in printmaking.

  • Gonzalez's recent piece is called "Ultimatum." According to Gonzalez, her pieces are currently focusing on adapting to things taking place in her life.

  • Gonzalez is seen blotching out the ink to control the amount of darkness and brightness that will be seen on the final product.

  • After a short conversation with a fellow printmaker, Gonzalez decides that she can do a better job and prepares her copper plate for another adventure through the printing press.

  • Gonzalez is seen running her copper plate through the printing press.

  • Gonzalez is seen applying a smooth layer of ink on her copper plate. The copper plate has a nifty amount of detail that was indented with a very thin carving knife.

  • Gonzalez is seen critiquing her work alongside Tatiana Stevens, art history major with an emphasis in printmaking as well.

  • Gonzalez applies ink to a glass surface to prepare her piece for the printmaking process.

  • The final product is seen on the other side of the printing press. Gonzalez finally reveals her third attempt at perfecting her piece called "Ultimatum.”

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Floritzel Salvador can be reached at [email protected] or @floritzelns on Twitter.

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