Flat Out: Screen Print Installation by Eva Wylie
As a printmaker and installation artist, Eva Wylie’s installations both preserve and expand traditional printmaking and découpage techniques. Using a four-color separation silkscreen process, her work examines photographic duplication, an intrinsic element of contemporary pop culture, while reflecting upon craft-based traditions of the 19th century. Culling her imagery from the internet as well as other graphic sources such as magazines or product designs, Wylie displaces the content of these images from their origin and creates new forms that play with the concepts of ornament, composition, and spatial illusion. The meaning of the original image is stripped of its significance and given over to a structure that becomes decorative. In some, flat screen prints are molded into elegant amorphous patterns resembling a patchwork quilt, while other works screen printed directly onto the wall are rendered as a three-dimensional object.
More specifically, the prints are reminiscent of the Victorian craft of découpage, in which women used “scraps” or prints purchased or cut from periodicals to ornamental screens, worktables, or small rooms. Her installations embody the technical mastery of the complex processes of screen printing and the traditions of Victorian craft, and
showcase Wylie’s ability to use these techniques in innovative ways to create large-scale installations that are beyond these established methods and materials.
Eva Wylie received her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in 2003 and received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant in 2006. Wylie’s work has already been professionally recognized by many prominent institutions in the region. In addition to several solo shows at Vox, she has exhibited at University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN (2009); Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA (2007); Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA (2006) and Philadelphia International Airport (2006). Wylie has had residencies at University of Tennessee Knoxville, (2011), and Graff Ateliers Montreal, Canada (2009); and was a fellow at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2005). Wylie was an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and now teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.