Carrie Ann Plank is an artist working in the mediums of printmaking, painting, and glass. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Plank’s work is included in many private and public collections including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. Recent and upcoming noteworthy shows include the Shimo Center for Fine Arts in Sacramento, CA, American representation at the International Print Art Triennial in Sophia, Bulgaria, the Liu Haisu Museum of Fine Art in Shanghai, China, Kaskadenkondensator Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, Art Olympia, Tokyo, Japan, and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Guangzhou, China. Recent residencies include Druckwerk in Basel, Switzerland, Mullowney Printing in San Francisco, CA, Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME, and Bullseye Glass in Emeryville, CA. Additionally, Plank is the Director of the Printmaking MFA & BFA Programs at the Academy of Art University. She is active in the local arts community as a participant, juror, and volunteer, and is a board member of the California Society of Printmakers. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from East Carolina University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University.
As a classically trained Printmaker, the idea of the impression is both the consequence of the process and the resulting image. It is how execution resolves into form. Working in kiln glass, I could explore translucency and reaction within the pattern systems I’ve been examining. My major medium of work is printmaking and print based installation. This new series in kiln glass is the result of casting carved woodblocks along with screen-printing glass powders. I’ve been working with employing new technology such as utilizing CNC routers and laser cutters to carve matrices that can be both printed and cast. With the implementation of the digital fabrication techniques I’ve created large-scale work that incorporates new technology, experimentation, and traditional techniques. I’m exploring information systems and how we visual process them, and I’m very interested in reinterpreting and reorganizing visual information. I focus on how organic forms can be reduced to their base structure and how the inherent pattern of these forms leaves a residue, a vestige, an impression.