Some artists dream of inserting their works into the everlasting collections of world-famous museums. The Californian printmaker Cheryl Humphreys has one other objective in thoughts. She hopes the unique, framed editions of her meditative, calming summary prints which have been not too long ago on show on the Otra Vox area in Los Angeles would possibly in the future discover a residence in a kids’s hospital. 

The works, Colour: Spectral Meditations for Therapeutic,  can be found on Artspace, as a portfolio containing seven full scale reproductions of monoprints. The sequence presents all seven colours of the seen spectrum as visible aids for meditation.  

 “My favourite response to my work is when somebody finds it meditative or soothing” the artist tells Artspace.  Humphreys’ ambition speaks to her heartfelt curiosity within the therapeutic, calming energy of visible artwork, in addition to her personal newfound curiosity in childhood, following the start of her son in August 2022. 

Since turning into a mom, the artist, who hails from Ithaca, NY however is now primarily based in Los Angeles, has tried to chop down on the usage of artificial dyes, favoring as an alternative colorants constructed from vegetation akin to marigold flowers and avocado pits, in addition to print-making methods that use daylight to paint the paper.  

Collectors might detect a distinctly nurturing hand in her imagery, in addition to the affect of such storied forebears as Anni and Josef Albers, Mark Rothko fellow West Coast artists akin to James Turrell, and different summary painters and sculptors, together with Ruth Asawa, Sonia Delaunay, and Barbara Hepworth.

On this interview, Humphreys discusses her earliest inventive awakenings, explains simply how and why her present artwork is created, expands on the nurturing, therapeutic aspect of her artwork, and divulges which little bit of stationery she has been saving up for a very private, forthcoming artwork venture.


CHERYL HUMPHREYS – Meditation in Pink, 2021


What attracts you to the shapes y­­ou create in your work? My background as a designer inspired a follow in saying quite a bit  with little or no. Counting on easy, geometric shapes permits me to give attention to coloration, materials and connection as a option to examine the easy sensation of seeing. 

We love your titles, the place on earth do they arrive from? Track titles, conversations with buddies, humorous moments of being dyslexic and saying one thing unsuitable, then liking it. Titles can come from anyplace, actually. Some are secrets and techniques, some are ending ideas, some are notes and a few are merely describing the form created, like Grooves, in Peach. Oh ya – that’s groovy! Currently they’ve been future recollections with my son, like First Swim or Somersaults


CHERYL HUMPHREYS – Meditation in Yellow, 2021


How would you describe your work to somebody who has by no means seen it? Colour meditations, quilting with paper.

Texture and a sculpture ingredient performs an enormous half, what attracts you to this tactility in your work? I like that you simply point out sculpture. That is a vital a part of my follow, exploring how far I can push my prints previous the area of printmaking. 

The tactility is a results of my course of. My exploration with pure dyes, handmade papers, collected ephemera and the layering of printmaking methods yields various texture and dimension. 


 CHERYL HUMPHREYS – Meditation in Violet, 2021


Are you able to inform us a little bit extra about your analysis into coloration frequency analysis and what you discovered? I’ve all the time been eager about coloration so after I was invited to a neighborhood residency program, I created a venture that required analysis across the topic. 

Studying that coloration is vibration, simply in the identical manner that sound is, and that we take in these vibrations by way of the environment, our garments, the meals we eat, and even our ideas bought me considering. 

The consequence grew to become a sequence of monoprints presenting all seven colours of the seen spectrum as visible aids for meditation: Pink, Orange, Yellow, Inexperienced, Blue, Indigo and Violet. 

From these unique prints, I created a portfolio containing full scale posters and a key, summarizing how the vibrations of every coloration can be utilized to discover our psychological, bodily and non secular wellbeing.

I exhibited the unique framed prints because the closing exhibition to my residency at Otra Vox. The originals weren’t on the market, and I hope to indicate them once more someplace sooner or later. The dream is that they find yourself in a kids’s hospital. Presently, I’m engaged on a model of the portfolio that comes with a coloring guide to donate to kids’s hospitals.


CHERYL HUMPHREYS – Meditation in Inexperienced, 2021 


What’s presently inspiring you? Properly, I simply had a child boy, and he’s my greatest inspiration. I made a physique of labor whereas he was within me. This pressured me to rethink my method to creating. I prevented working with the supplies I’d usually use: inks, solvents, artificial dyes. As an alternative, I turned to dyes constructed from vegetation and flowers. I used the solar to make prints and grounded myself in a extra sustainable follow. Different types of therapeutic and strategies for self-soothing and sustaining steadiness are fixed sources of inspiration, as nicely.

What do folks say to you once they purchase your work? My favourite response to my work is when somebody finds it meditative or soothing; I may solely hope that is the sentiment that will be shared. 

The place do you slot in? As a brand new mother, different mom creators come to thoughts: Ruth Asawa, Louise Bonnet, Sonia Delaunay, Lita Albuquerque, Barbara Hepworth.




Is there a ‘typical working day’ for you? Contemplating there isn’t any such factor as a typical day, I’ll share the issues which are typical: A day within the studio all the time begins with cup of espresso and groovy tunes. Present listening consists of Charlotte Day Wilson’s album Alpha and The Breakfast Present with Flo on NTS. A serious a part of my course of is studying. Whether or not that’s taking a workshop or choosing up a guide, I’m most impressed after I study and take a look at one thing new. 

Are you able to inform us a little bit about three of your works on Artspace? In Colour: Spectral Meditations for Therapeutic is a portfolio containing seven full scale reproductions of monoprints. The sequence presents all seven colours of the seen spectrum as visible aids for meditation. Created as an experiential information, the posters come folded with a key, summarizing how every coloration impacts our minds, moods and make-up. Created, printed and assembled by hand in Los Angeles. 10 copies from the First Version of 300 can be found. 

I framed the seven posters from the In Colour: Spectral Meditations for Therapeutic portfolio: Pink, Orange, Yellow, Inexperienced, Blue, Indigo and Violet. Accessible individually and customized framed in uncooked maple and plexi.

I created a ghost print from every of the unique seven monoprints of the In Colour: Spectral Meditations for Therapeutic sequence, three of which can be found on Artspace: Pink, Indigo and Violet. A ghost print is made by pulling a further print with the residual ink left on the plate after the unique print has been pulled. When pulled from the press, the traces of ink create a whisper of the preliminary print. The result’s mesmerizing with a texture distinctive to the method. Every ghost is an unique monoprint, signed verso and framed floating in a customized uncooked bass wooden body with museum glass. 


CHERYL HUMPHREYS – Meditation in Indigo, 2021


What made you wish to turn into an artist? Way back to I can bear in mind, I’ve all the time been inspired by my mother to create. I used to be very fortunate in that manner. She would all the time signal me up for drawing courses after faculty or clay workshops on the weekends, guaranteeing I used to be concerned within the artwork group, past what faculty needed to supply. I bear in mind successful a T-shirt contest for the college’s spring honest in fifth grade, considering to myself how cool it was that everybody was sporting one thing I had made.

Do you accumulate artwork your self or one thing that you simply contemplate to be artwork? In that case, what have you ever purchased recently? Sure, I accumulate artwork (largely my buddies artwork) and different issues that encourage me. I’d contemplate assortment as part of my course of. 

Not too long ago, I turned my assortment of safety envelopes (one I had been engaged on since I used to be 18) into items of artwork. I had held on to them through the years, realizing I’d use them for one thing at some level. Sifting by way of them was like flipping by way of a photograph album, reminding me of previous houses, duties and progress. I made tapestries from them and known as the ultimate items Safety Blankets.

To see extra of Cheryl Humphreys’s stunning coloration experiments check out her artist web page on Artspace right here. 



 CHERYL HUMPHREYS – Meditation in Violet (Ghost), 2021

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