ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marie Price is a visual artist working in Vancouver, B.C. primarily in the print medium. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she graduated from Nursing in 1968 before completing her BFA at the University of Manitoba in 1977.
Moving from Toronto to Vancouver in 1990, she became a member of Malaspina Printmakers in 1992, has served on the Board of Directors and has been a past president. She spent many years teaching drawing at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby and has taught etching at Malaspina.
Currently she is working at the Malaspina studio within a format that combines etching and woodcut sometimes with monotype or painting. The print work is done on Japanese Washi* or Korean Hanji* which is then glued to the surface of either another thicker paper or in some cases to a cradled panel or canvas.
The imagery is primarily figurative since it is the broad arena of human interaction from which she draws her inspiration. Originally a nurse, she utilizes her knowledge of the human body as well as her aquaintance with the enormous range of human emotions experienced in that environment.
Her work has won awards and she has exhibited locally and internationally in group print shows in Europe, Australia, the US, Canada and Japan.
Washi - Washi
A type of paper made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using bers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.
Korean paper or hanji
The name of traditional handmade paper from Korea. Hanji is made from the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a tree native to Korea that grows well on its rocky mountainsides, known in Korean as dak. The formation aid crucial to making hanji is the mucilage that oozes from the roots of Hibiscus manihot. This substance helps suspend the individual bers in water.