New Farmington Hills art exhibit explores linocuts

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“On the Cutting Edge: Exploring the Linocut,” an exhibit featuring 24 new pieces from artist Laura DeLind, will run through January 3 at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.

The Rotating Exhibits Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Surprise Laura DeLInd
Surprise! by Laura DeLInd

DeLind, a print-making artist, lives and works in Mason. Her exhibit showcases the linoleum cut, a form of relief print that involves cutting areas away from a smooth surface, rolling ink onto the raised areas, and pressing it onto paper for a mirror image of the block.

Making Tracks by Laura DeLInd
Making Tracks by Laura DeLInd

“I enjoy working with linoleum because it is an unpretentious medium, has no pre-existing texture, and lends itself to bold, spontaneous images,” said DeLind, who has been cutting and hand-printing block prints for over 40 years.

She added that she is drawn to the challenge of black and white design and the interactions of positive and negative space, and organic shapes figure repeatedly in her work. “Birds, especially, provide me with a ready-made ‘excuse’ to play with shape and pattern and to see the world in simple, sensitive, and often whimsical ways.”

A Trip I’ve Yet to Take by Laura DeLind
A Trip I’ve Yet to Take by Laura DeLind

DeLind has taught print-making classes at Michigan State University, Grove Gallery & Studios, the Lansing Art Gallery, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, as well as intensive, week-long workshops at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her prints appear in the Unauthorized Audubon (MSU Press: 2014), in Lavender Hill Farm by Jennifer Otto (Mead-Hill Press: 2015), and on the cover of The Organic Movement in Michigan (MOFFA: 2017).

In addition to exhibiting at the downtown Farmington spring juried art fair  Art on the Grand, DeLInd also has two pieces of art on display at Farmington Hills City Hall as part of the Public Art Program.

For more information about her work, visit linocutsbylaurabdelind.squarespace.com