Fine art photographer and printmaker Socorro Mucino received bachelors’ degree in studio art and art education from Northeastern Illinois University. Socorro taught high school art for 30 years in the Chicago Public Schools and earned a Masters Degree in Inter-Disciplinary Arts from Columbia College in’02. Her interest in printmaking merged with photography was sparked when taking a workshop at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative 15 years ago and teacher workshops at Anchor Graphics at Columbia College. She started teaching Photoshop as part of her class load and found printmaking an extension of image making. Her approach to creating prints is experimental and intuitive leading to unpredictable outcomes. Manipulating images digitally enables her to play with colors, shapes and textures, which in turn allows the viewer to engage in the final results.
Socorro’s concern for finding a healthier approach to making art has led her to a variety of alternative printmaking methods. At present she have been exploring the photopolymer gravure process. She is especially excited about printing multiple colors using color separations using polyester plate lithography process. Her passion for technical processes provides a continuous expansion of visual imagery.
Recent exhibits include:
Artruck, Evanston, Il, 2019
Evanston Made, Evanston Il, 2019
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, Il 2019;
1100 Florence Gallery, 2018, Evanston, Il;
Evanston Art Center, 2017, 2018
UIC Health Center Exhibit “Adrift” 2016;
Bridgeport Art Center, Juried Group Exhibit 2015
Lens International, Juried Group Exhibit, 2015
Inspiration Corporation Juried Exhibit 2014.
“I love that printmaking is done by hand; it's a very physical process, rolling, wiping ink on plates and cranking them through the press. There is something very exciting about pulling a first proof of an image created from photos, digital manipulation, processing the plate and seeing the image on a beautiful piece of paper as I lift it off the plate.”