Printmaking gives me ways to express different ideas, and the process itself engenders new ideas. I like this give and take between process and concept. I enjoy the process of making it all happen, and trying new techniques, and seeing the fresh ink revealed.
"Every Principle Highway," an etching, and "Every Road," a drypoint, were made by dissecting road maps on their plates, recording every line and reconstructing almost all the information. The prints and the dissected maps themselves are two facets of the same action.
"Drive Home" is a 6-color hand-drawn reduction screen print, based on photos I took while living in New York. "The Structure of Time" is a 3-color screen print based on a sketchbook drawing from 20 years ago. These were printed for the Sketchbook Project Print Exchange in editions of 12.
"TANK" comprises a suite of 4 relief prints, printed directly from children's toys and cutout letters. The toys are wooden 3d puzzles of guns and tanks and warplanes. This was the first print in an ongoing project.
Jeff Woodbury grew up in a military family, and has lived across the U.S. and abroad. He earned a B.F.A. in Intermedia from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute. He has exhibited photographs, drawings, altered maps, prints, paintings, sculptures, film, video, and audio works.
Woodbury’s work is in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, Osher Map Library, Portland Museum of Art, and the University of New England in Portland, Maine. His work appears in the books The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, by Katharine Harmon as well as From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association, by Kris Harzinski.
Woodbury has been a guest lecturer at SUNY New Paltz, taught printmaking to kindergartners in Portland, Maine, is a member of the Peregrine Press printmaking group, and is currently represented by the June Fitzpatrick Gallery. He lives in South Portland with his twin children and assorted animals.