Penny Dell - Mixed Media and Printmaking
My decades of drawing, painting and printmaking are coming together these days in works that combine all three with other adventurous mediums. Presently, I use collage, encaustic, handmade paper, and gilding to layer over a print—building pattern and color. Hexagons cut from the decorative interiors of envelopes have been a driving force.
I was born in Mexico and grew up in Mexico City and Acapulco, before coming to the US at age thirteen. The artist Francisco Dos Amantes and the zoomorphic figures of Aztec friezes influenced my early work. I studied English and French Literature at Simmons College and the Sorbonne in Paris, and painting at the Triveni Kala Sangam Akademi in New Delhi, India. These intersections of cultures, techniques, and philosophies have fueled my investigations of states of mind, scenes from dream, fantasy, and interior life – through drawing, painting, print, encaustics.
Fascinated with the flexibility, experimentation, and the rich materials and technique of print processes, I’ve taught printmaking and experimental transfer processes throughout the New York metropolitan area, including the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, and have enjoyed residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center. My works are in corporate and private collections including Cablevision, Rutgers University and the New York Public Library. From 2005-2007 I served as President for the National Association of Women Artists and I’m still on the Board. Last October County Executive Marc Molinaro and Arts Mid-Hudson honored me with the Dutchess County Individual Artist Award. I ❤ living and working in Poughkeepsie!