“In my work I am led by my intuition. Something I see makes me stop and take a second look. Things, people, and places arrest me for some combination they carry: a combination of emotional reference, visual matters (such as color, shape, and value arrangement), and deeper spiritual meaning. A sense of movement and discovery exists, even in apparently still circumstances.”
The quote from Margaret “Meg” Bussey perfectly describes her finished art whether in painting or printmaking as well as watching her at work as she tries to capture a moment with ink. I watched Bussey multiple times in a continual process as she applied ink to the etched stone, pressed the paper against the inked stone, and rolled the stone and paper through the press.
Once finished she lifts up the paper with the newly inked image, and the whole process seems very magical as she’s trying to capture the image of a bridge. In watching her adjust the amount of ink each time she rolls across the stone, the artistic process of creation and trying to transfer her mental image of the bridge to paper through printmaking seems very sacred. It was amazing to see how each varied outcome appears to be a new work of art.
In addition to creating lithographs, Bussey teaches drawing and painting classes on the Coon Rapids Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC).
The images show the creative process that Bussey goes through to capture the image of the bridge as a lithograph. You can see the etched image of the bridge on the stone before the inking and printing process as well as the press she uses. She laid the finished attempts out on the table next to the press. The final image shows Bussey looking over her work.
Additional works by Bussey can be seen on her website. More information on lithography is available through Wikipedia. Bussey shares a studio with Kurt Seaberg, a painter and printmaker, in the Northrup King Building in studio #361.