Every aspect of print affects the outcome of the image, from the making of the plate to the choice of paper or substrate, to the mixing and application of ink; from the touch of one’s hand to the pressure of the press. There are endless possibilities; a print is ultimately an echo of the matrix and the maker.
Michael Kirk is an artist specializing in works on paper. Throughout his career he has explored the relationship between nature and the self, creating drawings, watercolors, pastels and prints. “The fragility of material makes visible an internal conversation between perception and expression. For me, art is a meditation on the nature of life, one that resonates with the commonality of human experience.”
In addition to his art practice, Michael Kirk is a professor of printmaking at Parsons The New School for Design and at Pratt Institute. Through his art, research and teaching he maintains a lifelong fascination with print.