“Community” isn’t just a group of people inhabiting a particular place; in artistic terms it means so much more: Sharing, Cooperation, Creative Osmosis. As a master printmaker and educator, I can say that only in sharing my knowledge with others do I truly gain knowledge. I must gather a true, diverse Community of learning and mentoring around my press if I want my own artistic legacy to endure.
Printmaking is the most democratic of mediums; we must all gather around the press, and share our vision and expertise, our hopes and dreams, if we are to create a new world. The studio is a laboratory for change in Society. Printmaking is the graphic science of Democracy.
We must provide grassroots-run, people-powered laboratory/ locations for change if art is to thrive outside of the museum and the archeological digs of History.