Jeanine Coupe Ryding

Working in woodcut and collage, Chicago artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding enjoys a direct, manipulative relationship with her materials. “Carving becomes a rhythmic, assertive, yet controlled effort. Each carved block is part of the finished print, an element of a composition, not complete in itself.”

“Construction” may seem a crude word when thinking of creativity, but images are made, just as surely as furniture. And while appreciating the evident engineering of a painting or chair is usually a secondary pleasure, for the artist or craftsman, “the true success” — as Robert Louis Stevenson remarked — “is to labor.” Working in woodcut and collage, Chicago artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding enjoys a direct, manipulative relationship with her materials. “Carving becomes a rhythmic, assertive, yet controlled effort. Each carved block is part of the finished print, an element of a composition, not complete in itself.” Whether printing from wood or shuffling scraps of this and that in collage, she remains open to possibility. “I ask questions, I try to be patient as I find my way toward a finished piece and mostly, just keep working.”

Photo by Megan Sterling