Maya Sternberg
Self-Portrait

linoleum block print
7″ x 5″

@mayart.istic
USA

Casey Roonan
Teaching Assistant
Illustrator & Comics Artist

“For this piece, I decided to work with a linoleum block as I haven’t done a print in years. In order to differentiate between light and shadow, I experimented with my personal doodling style: drawing various amorphous shapes that fit together, yet never touch. I usually do these doodles in pen, so I found it very refreshing to try it out with carving, having to focus on the negative space between the shapes rather than shapes themselves.”

Related:  Emile Nolde’s woodcuts, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s woodcuts, Kathe Kollwitz’s woodcuts, Barry Moser, Lotte Reiniger, Kara Walker, Randal Thurston, Erich Heckel’s woodcuts

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3 responses on "Maya Sternberg"

  1. Profile photo of Alexander Rowe

    This is sweet! This piece is an awesome exploration of a new medium (which, independently of the success or shortcomings in a piece, is always a great feature! We feel a lot of pressure in school and social media with art to make every piece “a success” but learning and playing is just as important). Something you should notice with this piece is when the black denotes shadow (pocket of eyes, under nose) and when it denotes shape (the braid). You’re doing a great job differentiate in some areas, but in others it’s a little confusing. The right eye has a great look of shadows around the form, but the black shapes on the right cheek almost look like a substance climbing up the face. When I look at it, I think the difference is pattern! Play around with that element, try to replicate as much as you can with those complex shapes!

  2. Profile photo of Clara Lieu

    One of the most exciting sections of this piece is where the braids and the neck almost melt into each other into abstract shapes, in that section the piece becomes much less literal and starts to transform beyond just being a figure. I would recommend getting much thinner linoleum cutters, it looks like you didn’t have a very wide range of cutter sizes when you made this print? I don’t know if you were using an iron to heat up your linoleum block, but I have found that the smallest cutter sizes really need to be used on cold linoleum, as warmed up linoleum doesn’t cut very cleanly at a small scale.

  3. Profile photo of Deepti Menon

    I love how you’re interpreting light and shadows to create a mosaic-like texture!

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