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Cow Glimpses Suite 3-8
cattle, cattle ranching, dairy farming, childhood experiences, childhood influences on artist, representational art, cows, subject of artwork, etchings, barnyard, perspective, bovine, close-up, distance view, viewpoint, animal portraits, etching, farming,dairy farming, representational art, embossing, cow art, cow, cattle, printmaking,
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In an undated  artist statementA commentary by an artist on an artwork, and exhibition, belief system, or any other topic.  Hodgins wrote that, “Cattle ranching and dairy farming shaped my childhood. My images are an extension of my mind and my experiences. I prefer to work representationally. I enjoy working in the  printAn exactly repeatable visual statement which exists as two-dimensional physical material.   mediaAny material and technique used to produce a work of art (paint, glass, clay, fibre, video, sound, etc.). It may also refer to the liquid with which powdered pigments are mixed to make paint. Note that the plural form of “medium” is “media.”  of  etchingAn intaglio printing process in which an etching needle is used to draw into a wax ground applied over a metal plate. The plate is then submerged in a series of acid baths, each biting into the metal surface only where unprotected by the ground. The ground is removed, ink is forced into the etched depressions, the unetched surfaces wiped, and an impression is printed. Also, both the design etched on a plate and an impression made from an etched plate. Too often confused with engraving. (Artlex.com)  as it offers my images rich sooty blacks and an embossed image which can be achieved in no other way.”

Cows, cows, cows. Search the web using a phrase like “cow and art” and you’ll find cow art posters, cow coffee mugs, cow t-shirts, cow clip art and websites of many, many artists who have made the humble cow the  subjectA topic or idea represented in an art work.  of their artwork. Whether we grew up on a farm or not, there is something about the cow that strikes a kindhearted chord in humankind.

start quoteI enjoy working in the print media of etching as it offers my images rich sooty blacks and an emobssed image which can be achieved in no other way.end quote
-- Maureen Hodgins

As Hodgins indicates in her artist statement, growing up around cattle has impressed images into her mind, just as another Saskatchewan artist, Joe Fafard has painted and sculpted cows ‘til, well, ‘til the cows come home.

In Cow Glimpses Suite, from the  collectionTo collect is to accumulate objects. A collection is an accumulation of objects. A collector is a person who makes a collection. (Artlex.com)  of the Mendel Art Gallery, Hodgins presents us with a  seriesA number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, a continuous series of calamitous events. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)  of six etchings to ruminate over. Each  etchingAn intaglio printing process in which an etching needle is used to draw into a wax ground applied over a metal plate. The plate is then submerged in a series of acid baths, each biting into the metal surface only where unprotected by the ground. The ground is removed, ink is forced into the etched depressions, the unetched surfaces wiped, and an impression is printed. Also, both the design etched on a plate and an impression made from an etched plate. Too often confused with engraving. (Artlex.com)  allows us to consider the cow from a different barnyard perspective. Through close-up views eye-to-eye with Bossie, images of thoughtful cud-chewing, more distance views of cows in corrals, and even udderly back-end viewpoints, Hodgins seems to be ruminating about what makes the bovine so divine.

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This  seriesA number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, a continuous series of calamitous events. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)  of prints by Maureen Hodgins entitled Cow Glimpses Suite #3-8 uses cropped images. This means that we do not see an overall picture of the  subjectA topic or idea represented in an art work.  matter; but rather see just glimpses of the cows.

Use a  viewfinderA small window cut in a piece of paper or card, that shows what will be in a picture's composition. Or, a window seen through a camera which shows an approximation of a picture the camera would photograph Viewfinders assist in making compositions. This is a fundamental sort of optical device. (artlex.com)  to create a series of drawings that crop the subject matter.

  • Find a photograph of a cow or any other animal to use as your subject matter.

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References

Hodgins, Maureen. Artist Statement. Undated.

Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning