Mating Hera Buckmoths, by Gretchen Wagoner.
15% of the gross sale of this print goes to the Jane Goodall Institute.
Gretchen Wagoner is an artist living and working in Long Island City, NY. Originally from the midwest, she obtained her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. While there, she did a study program that brought her to New York for the first time. Gretchen fell in love with New York and decided to move to the city as soon as she could after graduation - she has now been here for twelve years. Currently, Gretchen works primarily on paper - using collage, watercolor, gouache, graphite and also the Gocco printing method.
Making the print.
About the print:
The print "Mating Hera Buckmoths" is the continuation of a theme I have been exploring within my work for the last year or so. I am fascinated with butterflies and knots. My interest lies in the delicate yet resilient characteristics of a butterfly as opposed to the robust and stabilizing mechanisms of a knot. Natural examples of conformity and deviation - both are symbolically used to describe physical characteristics brought on by strong emotional reactions. Having butterflies or knots in your stomach may physically feel similar but evoke completely different emotional connotations.
This is a two-color Gocco print on Arches Rives BFK 100% cotton rag paper, with a neutral pH.
What has inspired you recently?
Luckily for me, my father is a butterfly and moth enthusiast who also happens to take great nature photographs, which supply me with much inspiration. I also love viewing art that is executed in completely different mediums than mine but that I seem to have an instant connection with. Roxy Paine's Maelstrom on the roof of the Met comes to mind. As does Tara Donovan's installations made with recycled materials.
Why did you choose to pair the Jane Goodall Institute with your print?
I choose the Jane Goodall Institute since nature and animals have always played an important part in my work. I've also had much admiration for Jane Goodall ever since I saw a documentary on her when I was a teenager. One thing in particular that stood out to me in the Jane Goodall Institute mission statement is that they "strive to respect, nourish and protect all living things; people, animals and the environment are all interconnected".
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Effective art makes one stop and look at things in a different way, to think about something differently. It raises questions. I think one of the beautiful things about art is that it invites discussion that may lead to much more - including action and change.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I’ve always admired Dorothea Tanning's work. She has had such a prolific career and fascinating life. Her work has spanned decades and she has worked within a myriad of mediums. I think her experience and stories would be a great inspiration to any artist.
Who are some artists that other people should know about?
There are so many, but a few that come to mind: Noriko Ambe, Rebecca Bird, Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, and Ricky Allman.