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August 9, 2013

Q&A: Jessi Wilson mixes photography, printmaking

NORMAN — As far back as Jessi Wilson can remember, art has been a part of her life.

Though she developed an early romance with photography, earning a bachelor’s in the subject from Texas Woman’s University, she later fell in love with printmaking and is currently studying the medium as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma.

She’s now combining her passions for an exhibit at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 120 E. Main St., through Sept. 14. Her work is being exhibited for winning the Norman Arts Council’s 2012-2013 Individual Artist Award.

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Q: What fascinates you about art?

A: I guess just the way you can be creative, create your own individual work and be expressive — really put your mark on something and have something be significant for you as well as show it to others.

Q: Why did you get into photography first?

A: I grew up with my mom taking pictures. She really showed me how to use my camera. She bought me my first one and I haven’t stopped taking pictures since. It was love at first image.

Q: How did you transition into printmaking?

A: I took a screenprinting class the spring of 2012 and I realized how much it complimented the work I was doing in photo at the time, and I wanted to explore printmaking more and learn the processes that are involved. So I switched. I took a press workshop that OU does every year in the summer and I started doing woodblock and I loved it. I kind of went from there.

Q: What kind of prints do you do now?

A: I do a little bit of everything. My newer work includes more of my photo imagery as a background and layering woodblocking or screenprinting. It’s incorporating layers with everything that I do.

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