A large component for the inspiration in Nanette’s work is derived from black and white photographs from the early 1900s through the 1950s. She is drawn to imagery that evokes emotion and movement with a whimsical flair. She uses these photos as a starting point, often referring to multiple images to create one figure.
Nanette’s Monotype prints are created by inking up the entire surface of a smooth plexiglas plate with etching ink applied via a roller. Then using her fingers, rags and q-tips, ink is removed from the plate to create a subtractive image, e.g. creating lights from a field of opaque color. The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together using a printing press producing a unique singular print. Although a subsequent reprinting is sometimes possible, it differs greatly from the first print. These secondary prints from the original plate are called "ghost prints”.
In recent series she has began deconstructing her monotypes. She creates a print ready piece then inks over it with a brayer to obscure the image and soften the edges. Often highlights are pulled back into the artwork to ad depth. This process requires the artist to surrender artwork that she knows would have printed beautifully prior to deconstruction and trust that something better will come of it.
DECONSTRUCTED: Clowning Around
DECONSTRUCTED: Imagined Reality
RECYCLED RAIN PROJECT: 2106 & 2017: In 2016 I was asked to be a featured artist for The Recycled Rain Project. The project organizers encouraged us to use collected rain water in our artwork. As an oil painter and a printmaker that used oil based inks, I felt compelled to rise to the challenge. I decided to use water based printmaking inks, something I had never done before. It took a few months of trial and error to figure it out. Nonetheless, the outcome was outstanding! To this day I primarily use water based inks for my monotypes. I am ever grateful for the door that opened thanks to this show.