Picturing Evanston

Beth Herman Adler

What brought you to Evanston?
I moved to Evanston with my husband and two boys 25 years ago from Chicago so we could truly be part of a smaller, yet vibrant and diverse community, and be near the lake. My husband grew up in Evanston and moving here was coming home for him.

How does your environment inform your art?
I take almost daily walks along the lovely beachfront walking paths here. The changing colors of the lake and the natural beauty that surrounds it offers daily inspiration.

Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
I like to create images. I was a graphic designer for 25 years before completely focusing on my studio practice. My work tends to be graphic in nature, using a press to create layers upon layers to bring the image out of the paper. I often begin with a concept taken from the natural world-- bird’s, water, plant life, flowers, sea life are all places that I begin. While the final prints tend to be abstract, the feeling of the natural world is there. I also love to travel and the things I see and experience on those journeys often inform the work to come.

What is your medium?
Currently I have been creating monoprints using the Ettan Press I bought several years ago. A monoprint is a single image using the press as a paintbrush. I also incorporate collage, painting and drawing in my one-of-a-kind prints.

What are you currently working on?
I just finished work for a show called “What I’ve Learned From Flower Arranging”. The show included a modified book on ikebana that I picked up at an estate sale, then painted and drew into it, pulling out some essential lessons to use in my subsequent prints. The show was at Firecat Projects in Chicago in May 2018.

Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
So many images inspire me. Recently I saw a show of prints by Louise Bourgeois at MOMA. It really blew me away and I went back to the audio and incorporated some of the shapes in her work into mine.

Why art?
It’s like a compulsion for me to make things. And, I have a good eye! Or at least a specific way I think things should look. When I create something that is beautiful and touches someone on an emotional level, I feel everything is right with the world.

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