Ghada Amer & Reza FarkondehNew York, NY
These two works are part of a suite of a series of monoprints which developed a new printmaking technique in direct ink transfer using the print media of silkscreen. The body of work crosses a very fine line between printmaking and drawing. Soft akua color and caran d'ache pigments - traditional drawing monoprinting inks and crayons - were mixed with solvents to form a new saturated medium to manipulate and embody shape, line and form. The new medium was dropped through the silkscreen stencil onto the final paper sheets. All the works were built with separate runs, as in traditional printmaking. Each work in the series is unique, thus the description of them as monoprints.
Ghada Amer grew up in Cairo, Egypt and Reza Farkhondeh in Iran. They both studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris, at different times and met at the Villa Arson EPIAR art school in Nice in 1988 - where they both earned their MFA degrees. Both artists now live and work in New York. Together they create multi-layered mixed media prints. The two collaborated for their first series of drawings and prints in 2005 and continue to do so under the moniker RFGA.