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April Vollmer is an artist and printmaker living in New York City. She works primarily in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock. In addition to exhibiting her work she teaches classes at workshops across the country.

Short Bio
I teach mokuhanga regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop, and have also given workshops at Japan Society, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Pyramid Atlantic, Frogman’s Print and Paper, Cabrillo College, the Women’s Studio Workshop and many other locations. I have given lecture demonstrations at SUNY Purchase, the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College. I have helped organize exhibitions of contemporary mokuhanga for Union College in Schenectady and for Open Studio in Toronto. My work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. My prints have been exhibited at AIR Gallery, the Islip Art Museum, Henry St. Settlement and internationally.

Artist Statement
I am an artist and a printmaker, working primarily in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock, but also making drawings, collages and books. I use photography to document people, places and artwork of personal significance; these images are a starting place for much of my printmaking. I rely on the processes of printmaking to transform images into something more abstract and essential. I often repeat the images of flowers, insects and other bits of nature to create radial patterns. I also use floor plans and mosaics from my study of art history. Each year I add to my library of woodblocks. Ideas for new blocks come from my photographs from travel to Serbia, Japan, Italy, India and elsewhere. When I cut new blocks, I often print them in combination with older blocks from my library to build complex autobiographical patterns.

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