Connie Babian Grab
If we only look, we will find art rising up to meet our gaze with every step we take.
I have always been inspired by the patterns and colors I see in nature, particularly the elegant shapes of leaves I find while walking, whether in woods or on sidewalks or parking lots.
In my monotypes, I work with the positive and negative shapes created by juxtaposed leaves to establish the underlying structure of my prints. The process of manipulating these found shapes informs the direction each one-of-a kind print will take, and I sometimes add texture from lace and other man-made findings. I enjoy watching leaf shapes morph into abstract landscapes during the printmaking process. The small and insignificant disappears, and something greater emerges.
Recently I have begun photographing images I find ready-made at my feet. I am captured by the dynamic graphic compositions created by the random juxtaposition of leaves against found elements such worn paint or man-made paving materials. I use an ink-jet printer to print on printmaking paper rather than photo paper, as I like the softer, almost painterly quality that results. I found one series of prints in the parking lot of my local Cumberland Farms while picking up a movie, while I found the Canyon Road series along the sidewalk while browsing Santa Fe’s famous street of art galleries on a rainy afternoon.
Art is all around us, but is so often overlooked and trodden underfoot. I hope my work will inspire viewers to see the art in their own surroundings.
I hold a BFA in Advertising Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Visual Design: Typography from UMass Dartmouth.
I spent most of my early career as a graphic designer, and recently retired from teaching graphic design at colleges and universities in southeastern New England.
Spring Bull Studio & Gallery, Collective Marks: Visions, group show, Newport, RI, April, 2017
Attleboro Arts Museum, Members' Exhibition, Attleboro, MA, 2016–17
Carpenter Museum, Celebrate Art, Rehoboth!, Rehoboth Cultural Council invitational exhibition, Rehoboth, MA, 2016
Little Compton Community Center, Spring Photography Juried Show, Little Compton, RI, 2016
Zullo Gallery, 21st Annual Juried Show, Medfield, MA, Fall 2015
One Studio Smooch, Collective Marks: Members’ Debut Group Show, Cranston, RI, 2015
Attleboro Arts Museum, Flower Show Art Exhibition, Attleboro, MA, 2015
Attleboro Arts Museum, Student Show, Attleboro, MA, 2015
Attleboro Arts Museum, Flower Show Art Exhibition, Best in Show, Attleboro, MA, 2013
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, 2013
D’Alzon Library, Art Faculty Show, Assumption College, Worcester, MA, 2009
UMass Dartmouth, MFA Thesis Show, New Bedford, MA, 2009
Rogers Free Library, The Art of the Book, Bristol, RI, 2008
UMass Dartmouth, A Chapter in Time: A Media Convergence Exhibition, New Bedford, MA, 2007