Guanlan Printmaking Base – 2009

In February 2009, Cornelius spent one month at the Guanlan Printmaking Base in China located northeast of Shenzhen.

Printmaking studio building at Guanlan Printmaking Base

Printmaking studio building at Guanlan Printmaking Base

The Guanlan Printmaking Base is a fully equipped printmaking facility dedicated to connecting printmakers from all over the world. During her residency Cornelius met five printmakers from Europe – Alexandra Barbosa, Javier Albar Mansoa, Pablo Casado, Moises Yagues and Leon Zakrajsek. Cornelius also met Shan Dan and Wan Chi from Mongolia, Loo Foh Sang from Malaysia, Jane Sui Lui from Hong Kong, and four printmakers from other parts of China. Several other artists from Hong Kong and China also visited during her stay. Cornelius was excited by Li Xiu’s work and was able to spend some time with her and communicate through a translator.

Inside the printmaking workshop in Guanlan

Inside the printmaking workshop in Guanlan

Meeting  national and international printmakers, seeing their work, exchanging printmaking knowledge and expertise, as well as sharing opportunities in the printmaking world, was a rich experience.

Hakka houses from an ancient village are used to house the artists.

Hakka houses from an ancient village are used to house the artists.

The Guanlan Printmaking Base is funded by the Shenzhen Bao’an District People’s Government, the China Artists Association and the Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles. In addition to the printmaking workshop and international residency program, they fund the Guanlan International Print Biennial.

Cornelius borrows a street broom from a local to create a layer of pattern in her silkscreen image.

Cornelius borrows a street broom from a local to create a layer of pattern in her silkscreen image.

Silkscreen image

Silkscreen image

Cornelius created two silkscreen editions during her residency at Guanlan

Cornelius created two silkscreen editions during her residency at Guanlan

Cornelius inks an alumigraph print

Cornelius inks an alumigraph print

Run- An image in response to the vulnerability of the women who lived in the Hakkas homes in the village where I was housed during my residency.

Run