Mara Cozzolino

Mara Cozzolino made her first print when she was 11 and since then she has always been fascinated by prints and printmaking: she has practiced different techniques, concentrating mostly on Intaglio for many years. In 2011, looking for a more environmental friendly technique, she became attracted to water base Japanese woodblock printing, or Mokuhanga, and since then she has used this medium only. She fell in love immediately with the portability and non toxicity of Mokuhanga, and with the challenges of practicing woodblock for the first time. This technique pose several limits for beginners but this actually helped her finding a different and more painterly way to making prints. All Mara's recents works are made with 2 woodblock, one carved with small holes that will become stars, and printed several times with different layers and gradations of colour, while the other intricately carved to create branches and trees, and printed flat with sumi ink: there are not properly landscape pieces as she trie to abstract the geometrical nature of trees as much as possible.