Date of Work
Selected student works from Plain Brown Wrapper 2008 Print Competition
Night Vision – Printing Darkness Portfolio
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Soulaf Abas was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. After receiving her B.F.A. from Indiana State University in 2008, she then returned to Syria to teach art at the Arab European University. Abas later returned to Indiana State University to get her M.F.A. In 2012, while visiting her family in Syria, Abas discovered the ruins of her childhood playground, which served as inspiration for her art. She began creating images inspired by her experiences of the political strife and warfare in Syria.
Artist Website: http://www.soulafabas.com/p/home.html
Image: monochrome street in Damascus
This work is from UND’s second national print portfolio competition for undergraduate students: Night Vision – Printing Darkness - Selected student works from Plain Brown Wrapper 2008 Print Competition.
The competition was developed in 2005 by Professor Kim Fink to bring attention to college-level printmaking programs.
Portfolio Juror in 2008, Anthony Kirk, Artistic Director and Master Printer at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut, in regards to the portfolio's nocturnal theme:
"Not surprisingly, the intaglio techniques of aquatint, drypoint and etching dominate, as they have from the age of Rembrandt and Goya when artists needed to portray darkness in print. The velvety rich blacks and atmospheric plate tone of an etched plate have produced prints in this portfolio, which depict surreal space and the fears and anxieties of night."
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