Cecilia Lieder

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About the Artist

Cecilia Lieder is a native of Minneapolis. She now lives in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood in a 117 year old house. The Northern Prints Gallery is located in the lower floor of this vintage home. She has been an artist printmaker for over 35 years. Except for ten years living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her professional life has been spent in Duluth. Her work is well known in the region and in the Boston area. Her most recent awards are the Arrowhead Regional Arts Commission George Morrison Artist Award for lifetime achievement in the arts (2007) and in 2006, the Depot Foundation Artist Award for art and arts activism. In 1999, she received a McKnight/ARAC Artist Fellowship. She identifies herself as a regional artist, committed to making a difference in cultural awareness in northern Minnesota. She has been active in the local arts community, directing a public arts project and helping to found and direct the Northern Printmakers Alliance (1999) and the Northern Prints Gallery. She has also served on the Duluth Public Arts Commission and as the director of the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University.

Artist's Statement

I am a printmaker. The major part of my artistic expression has been centered around the creation of original woodcuts and stone lithographs. I have found no other medium that interested me as much or fulfilled my aesthetic and expressive needs as completely. The entire process engrosses me. I draw, make the color separations, carve the blocks or etch the plates, and hand print all of my work myself. I still print the woodcuts with a wooden spoon or baren which allows me greater flexibility and textural variety. I enjoy pushing the limits of size and color in woodcuts using a synthesis of Western and Eastern printing methods that I have developed over time. In lithography, I have primarily been interested in drawing on the stone, which is more responsive than any other drawing surface I have experienced. Moving back and forth between these two printing media, with their widely varying technical and expressive differences, has created a satisfying balance.

The symbols of realism have remained constant in human experience and possess powerful subconscious impact, accrued over millennia. Strongly tied to the physical commonalties between people, realistic imagery can be simultaneously accessible and profound. Through keenly focused observation of the natural world around me, realistic accuracy has become a search for truth. In the extended process of bringing an image into existence as a print, the meaning of the subject matter - both abstractly and in my own growth - reveals itself to me. In this way, the work that results is both a record of my discoveries, and a dynamic process of growth in itself. Consciously using the physicality of objects as a door to growth and transcendence in this manner, I call Intentional Realism.

"My images are mantras of life. They resonate with the symbolic meaning behind the surfaces of natural objects."