For most printmakers, each work they create is almost entirely executed before the ink hits the page. They know what each print will like and aim to execute their designs perfectly by manipulating their tools the same way every time. Fawna Xiao is not most printmakers. She first learned to create prints by searching “how to screenprint” on the Internet and approaches her prints like a painter approaches a painting: by adding one layer on top of another until she’s created her ideal effect. In her latest solo show, “Lost Land,” she takes inspiration from the natural world and uses her layering technique to create images of mountains, forests, and glaciers. But what makes her work compelling is how she distills an entire mountain ranges into three shades of one color and yet still manages to capture the majesty of nature. Not so mad for an artist who created her first works in her parents’ basement using a wedding veil for a screen.
“Lost Land” is on view Mondays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays-Fridays, noon to 6 p.m., to April 27, at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. Free. (202) 338-0680. artsandartists.org.