Gabriel Feld, printmaker

    Gabriel Feld is an architect, artist, and teacher. He has been a professor at Rhode Island School of Design since 1990, serving as head of the architecture department (1997-2002) and chief critic of the European Honors Program in Rome (2014-16.). He received his Architecture Diploma from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1980 and his Master in Architecture (with distinction) from Harvard University in 1988.

    I think of my prints as little poems without words. But more than conveying a message, they try to share a material experience, almost a tactile sensibility. They are constructed with different kinds of materials, some from everyday life--such as paper, string, nets, fabric, ribbons, and rubber bands--and others from nature in the city, like petals of fallen flowers, leaves, and twigs. Inspiration often comes from the traces we leave behind as we go about our lives. I am amazed by the power and beauty of those marks, many casual and unintended, ephemeral and evanescent. And to be candid, I could be perfectly content just by looking at them. Yet, I do my prints as a way to explore those observations further and share them.
    When I use the word “constructed” I don’t do it casually, since I think of printmaking as extension of my work as an architect, something like “architecture by other means” if you wish.