Once upon a time, long long ago, in the year 2011, We Players launched a gallery in the cell house on Alcatraz - a space still being used for visual art installations today! Monica Lundy's stunning portraits of the first female inmates at San Quentin (when that prison first opened it was co-ed) were featured in our first visual art exhibit in that fledgling gallery. We are so lucky to know Monica - we love her work, which has been shown at many galleries throughout the Bay Area over the years. Recently, Monica was invited to be the first international artist in residence at Stoney Road Press in Dublin, Ireland where she made a suite of prints with them. Monica writes: "For this series, I decided to commence working on my upcoming, UK based project: portraits of Victorian era psychiatric patients from London based insane asylums." She has just announced the arrival of a new suite of limited edition, fine art prints from that residency, and we are so excited to help spread the word!
"I was in Ireland a little over 3 weeks, working every day, sometimes day and night. I worked with two printmaking methods: Carborundum printing and intaglio. The culmination of this process being a suite of 4 different original fine art prints, printed on hand made Indian paper. The prints were based on photos I found while researching at archives in London last fall. The portraits are of 19th century insane asylum patients from both West Riding Asylum and Bethlem Royal Hospital (one of the oldest and most infamous hospitals, also known as “Bedlam”). At long last, after months of working on these both in Dublin, followed by corresponding across continents to complete the fine-tuning of colors, the suite of 4 prints is complete. Each of the 4 different prints is in a limited edition of 25." - Monica Lundy
The prints have debuted in New York at IFPDA Print Fair, from there they will travel to fairs in Dublin, Miami, Los Angeles and Portland.
Want to see the work in person? Here's the where and when...
INK Art Fair : Miami, Nov. 30- Dec. 4, 2016 www.inkartfair.com
Portland Fine Print Fair: Portland, OR. Jan. 27-29, 2017 http://portlandfineprintfair.com/
Los Angeles Fine Print Fair: Los Angeles, Feb.4-5, 2017 http://losangeles-fineprintfair.com/
Congratulations Monica! With love from all of We! xx