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Roxanne Sexauer

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Roxanne Sexauer
The Bleeding Heart
Presume Something Happens

David Rodes, Curator for the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts recently wrote the following about the prints of Roxanne Sexauer: "Shakespeare, for instance, not only took advantage of a rapidly expanding English vernacular (which itself mirrored a rapidly expanding, changing society), but he also enriched it by adding over 2000 words of his own invention and tested its syntax to an elasticity and capability that still challenges and inspires us to do likewise. In this spirit, Roxanne Sexauer pays sophisticated homage to Albrecht Dürer, the versatile god at the top of the pantheon of printmakers, in woodcut, lithograph, and screenprint."

Sexauer, who was born in the Bronx, New York, has both BFA and MFA degrees in Printmaking. The former was granted by The University of Iowa, where she studied with Mauricio Lasansky and the latter from The State University of New York at Purchase, where she worked with Antonio Frasconi. She has been awarded residencies at The Plains Museum of Art, Fargo, North Dakota; Palenville Interarts, Palenville, New York; The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA; and Dorland Mountain, Temecula, CA. She has been on the faculty at CSULB since 1989, and in addition to being the area head of the Printmaking Discipline, she teaches relief, etching, and survey of printmaking classes. She also teaches drawing and the history of prints and drawings.

There is a fetishism of the organic in her recent prints. Among Sexauer's influences are earlier prints made to depict various branches of both the animal and plant kingdoms. Among those would figure the early woodcuts of Conrad Gessner (Sea Monsters, Crabs and Porcupines from his Icones Animalium, 1560), and Ernst Haeckel's lithographic prints of medusae from 1887, and other early graphics of microscopic animals. The use primarily of woodcuts to forward this theme is particularly apt, as there is a chain that links the earth, the tree, the timber and finally, the paper the image is printed upon.