Susan Jaworski Stranc

Newburyport, MA



I am a printmaker, specializing in the creation of reduction linoleum prints. After each successive printing of a color, the surface of the block is reduced while at the same time the print surface is built up with multi-colored layers. Born from one block of linoleum, my relief prints have the color nuances and rich textural surfaces of an oil painting.

Although Picasso coined this method of working, a ‘suicide print’, I rather think of this process as emulating the journey of life. While creating these prints, I am never able to re-visit past stages because proofing and editioning happens simultaneously. I can only proceed forward with acceptance of all the good and not so good choices which were mediated and acted upon with the hope and joy of completion.

Mellow Marshland for Hard Shell, reduction linoleum, 24″ x 30″
Winter Sun, reduction linoleum, 9″ x 12″
Harbinger, reduction linoleum, 12″ x 12″