Thesis: Zach Fitchner

The academic engine that fuels much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. For the rest of the month, Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses.

Zach Fitchner is recieving his MFA from the Unversity of Arizona in Tuscon, AZ. A statement follows images of his work.

install AIB-Palm AIB-Mountain AIB-Moon AIB-Lightbulb AIB-Horse AIB-Flower AIB-Fire AIB-Devil AIB-Castle AIB-Cabin

Zach Fitchner statement:

The American Imagery Bank is a conceptual platform meant to serve as a singular source for our national iconography. Its objective is to research, expand, and redefine America’s visual identity through artist/viewer interaction, woodcut blocks, and art. My process is heavily driven by a desire to interact with people and share creative experiences. To accomplish this, various questions are posed at americanimagerybank.com, where interactions begin. Participants create submissions that go through a selection process, symbol creation, and are later added to AIB’s woodcut inventory for future use.

Inspired by currency and flags, this body of work is meant to recreate American imagery by guiding the interested participants and presenting personal meaning in a formalized and public manner. I combine AIB woodcuts and giclée to create monoprints where the artist and viewer can occupy the same conceptual and literal space. The symbols featured in each print serve as metaphors for individuality whereas the landscapes represent identity on a shared level. Combining and layering these symbols and landscapes allows for the meaning of the work to mutate, changing with each printʼs specific combination. This flexible approach seeks to symbolically break down the artist/viewer hierarchy and allude to democracy within each artwork.

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2 Responses to “Thesis: Zach Fitchner”

  1. renee cline says:

    Love it Zach. Very proud of you ! Renee

  2. Kathryn Polk says:

    Smart work…