Maria Lucia Cattani





Paper title

A point in the South


This paper will present an investigation of the issues involved in the relationship of printmaking with uniqueness and multiplication, new and traditional techniques, and the multiple arenas for the work s existence. It will focus on a work called 'Um ponto ao Sul' (A point in the South) which I produced in 2010. This work involves one unique bookwork (the matrix), an edition of artist s books containing fragments derived from the matrix, and a site-speci'c exhibition in a public library, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It will deal with issues involving the presentation of a single work whose rami'cations were also experienced in 600 public libraries in the southernmost state of Brazil.  Aspects related to the nature of a unique object and its dissemination through copies will be analysed as well as the connections between the 600 copies/ locations. The technical aspects of the work s production will be presented, including laser- cut woodblocks, digital print, offset litho ' thus engaging with both handmade and mass-produced methods. Laser cutting wood proved to be an alternative to the time consuming hand cutting of the block. The precision of the laser cuts on hard wood retained the quality of the hand and even proved to be more 'gestural'. Nowadays the idea of 'print' has expanded to embrace sociological and anthropological ideas and it is less constrained by the restrictions of technique. Easier access to new technology and communications has expanded the 'ow of information, which has developed further with use of digital tools. Artists employ a fusion of techniques, concepts and in'uences. In contrast with the middle of the last century, few artists today use solely printmaking as their principal medium of expression. They use printmaking when their work needs this medium of expression. Printmaking is still proven to be a way of forming connections between ideas and places.  Although artist s books have been recognized as a valid artform in Brazil since the 1960 s their repository is still generally con'ned to museums and galleries. The welcome acceptance of housing this project by Porto Alegre s main public library has provided an opening for 'nding new audiences for book art. This paper will present the results achieved through this project, together with their contextualisation through reference to previous projects, such as Four corners of the world (2005) and Quadrantes (2008).


Friday 30 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm





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