Veronica Corzo-Duchardt does screenprinting that brings together various elements to create an aesthetic that absolutely nails it. By using photos directly in the screenprinting process, Veronica layers, designs, and uses negative space to come up with art prints that are composed and clean.
She lived in Chicago for 10 years, now resides in Philly, and seems to live an inherently creative life. She’s the Design Director at Bitch Media, and we found her work through our recent curatorial focus on women of color who work in, or are connected to Chicago.
We’re proud to have recently added all the prints Veronica has available to the IPMM Permanent Collection and will be mobilizing them for clients and partners in 2019 and beyond.
Ahead we get into Veronica’s ideal day, some process notes around how she makes her work, and a few artist recommendations.
Evan La Ruffa: Can you tell us about a formative creative moment that inspired you to venture into making your own art?
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt: I don’t have a single a-ha moment but grad school was a formative experience in my development as an artist.
What artists are currently inspiring you?
Please give our readers a glimpse into your process, from A to Z. How does a piece begin and how do you follow through to complete it? Both as far as how you set yourself up to make art and the various stages of screenprinting.
My pieces often begin with a photograph that is either taken by me or I have come across in my research. Sometimes I’m using the photo directly in the screen printing process by digitally separating layers of textures and forms I find interesting. Other times I’m printing out the photos I take and enlarging and manipulating them directly on a photocopier. I use the results to make films on transparencies and burn films for screenprinting.
If you could meet one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
That is way too large of a pool, so I’ll just stay that this is one of many people I’d love to meet Cuban Artist and printmaker Belkis Ayón. I’ve admired Belkis’s work from afar for years but I had the pleasure of seeing her work in person last year in Brooklyn and was completely awestruck by the depth and emotion behind her pieces. I’d love to sit down with her and talk about her process and experience.
Do you ever wonder what you’d be doing if you weren’t making art and screenprinting? What do you think you might be doing?
I do wonder that sometimes, I know that I would still be making art in some other way. But I think if I wasn’t a visual artist I would be a chef. I love cooking. It’s both another creative outlet for me and way to delight and care for people.
How does your identity inform your work?
On a macro scale it affects how I see things and the stories I’m interested in drawing out. Both formally and conceptually my use of everyday materials, especially the use of coffee and sugar, speaks to both a personal and cultural relationship with my Cuban-American identity.
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