Monoprints with Chine Colle

Suzanne Benton began her unique style of
monoprint-making (one-of-a-kind prints)
with Chine colle (glued paper collage) in
1983 while a resident artist in Koln,
Germany. Inspired by art-working world
travels, she’s created many series drawing on
Indian, Hebrew, Medieval and Turkish
miniature and manuscript painting; South
Asian Folk Art; Korean Lore and Legend; The
Renaissance; Russian Icons; Greek
mythology; 19th Century Women Writers,
19th century Educators and Feminist
Activists; North and West Africa
; Afro-
Americans; and Native Americana. Benton's
commissioned monoprints use family
portraits and landscape imagery.
Benton works with a 30 by 50 inch Charles
Brand press. Her colle; papers are hand-
made, pre-inked and hand-painted.
Collagraphic printing plates are inked
individually for each print, and emboss a
complex and rich texture onto the prints.
Images and colle papers are dusted with an
archival book-binding glue and placed face
down on the plate. The collage papers adhere
to the sheet of etching paper as the plate and
paper are run through the etching press. The
resultant monoprints range in size from
quarter to extra large printmaking paper.
Flight, 18 x 13 3/8 inches
Blue Buddha,  10 x 8  inches
        Sage, ,8x 10 3/4 inches
Magritte's Feet, 13 x 9 3/4 inches
Dance of Joy, 18 x 13 3/8 inches
Pegasus, 20 x 26.875 inches
Stellar Night,  10 7/8 x 8½ inches
The Prince, 25 5/8 x 19 5/6 inches
Giving Voice, monoprint with Chine colle, 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
Noh Maiden, 19 3/4 x 13 1/8 inches