October 28 – December 3, 2023
Gallery Route One artist member, Austin Buckingham, presents It is Born, Ocean in Winter, an exhibit of monotype prints which explore the vastness of the ocean.
Buckingham states, “There’s nothing like standing at the edge of the ocean. With each wave barreling in, one after the other, we are hypnotized by its infinite power. Smelling that salty and briny sea breeze, seeing its vastness as our eyes scan the horizon to try to comprehend its end, and feeling so small in the middle of its mighty roar or quiet stillness. These are emotions only the ocean can stir.”
“The sea ensnares us. It is a siren call, that pulls us into its danger and dark depths. The sea changes and the light changes. We all came from the sea. It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back from whence we came.”
Austin Buckingham is member of Gallery Route One and studied printmaking at the Art Students League in Denver, Colorado with master printmakers Mark Lunning and Joe Higgins. As a former environmental scientist, themes, and elements such as earth, rock, wind & water inspire her print works. Austin likes to invoke a sense of flow & movement though use of line, form, and color. Lately, there has been additional explorations with asemic language and drawn elements using charcoal, graphite, india ink and brushwork at the final stage of printmaking. The focus of the work is on design and composition that follows a modern aesthetic. She is a Monotype Printmaker working from a studio in Western Sonoma County.
To view more of Austin Buckingham’s work, please visit her page on Instagram: @Austin.Buckingham.Studio