Renée Gouin started to develop her own unique process of monotype printmaking about 10 years ago, which blends painting with printmaking techniques. Whereas other forms of printmaking use a press to produce multiples, her monotypes are handmade singular works. The method produces flat, graphic shapes ideal for high contrast images, but also with subtle effects at the edges and within.
Gouin’s aesthetic is influenced by an appreciation of Japanese woodblock prints, with muted tonalities and restrained compositions. By reducing the elements to simplified graphic shapes she works to capture a certain sense of feminine beauty expressed through clothing rather than the body directly. The context of the figures is ambiguous, so they are not limited to a specific time or place, instead to exist as an idea that is abstracted and idealized.