How do you describe your art?
My art form is screenprinting. It is a printmaking process that uses a stencil to produce an image. Layers of color are printed one at a time. Visually, my art is a refined form of collage. My work can appear serious or playful, but generally it is fairly simple.
How long have you been making it?
I have been screenprinting for around three years. An impromptu visit to the studio and later a summer course really got me going.
Everyone always wants to know this: where do you get your ideas?
The box of DOTS left behind the bleacher, power lines intersecting tree limbs, the wolf’s cockadoodledoo, a meandering bike ride. It is all around us, everywhere.
How do you know you are on the right track with a new work?
Trial and error seems to be my usual method of work. Through this something eventually will create a spark, and I feel the goodness when I get on the right track. Of course I can always get off of that track through more trial and error. Hopefully the final outcome puts all of those tracks together.
What do you do to encourage your own creativity?
Sometimes it is by putting myself in a situation where I must create work, such as for an exhibition, art sale, commission, or to fulfill a grant. I also just enjoy putting visuals on a page, so sometimes it comes easy. I would like to move the visuals off of the page in the future.
What is your artistic motto? Or what do you tell yourself when the going gets tough?
My mottos at the moment are MAKE SOME ART and Less is More. When the going gets tough, I realize that I have been in a similar situation before and that with a bit more time and work, it will become fruitful.
Give us one final word to describe what you hope people get from your work:
Cody Bartz is from McIntosh, Minnesota and now lives in Bemidji. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a BFA in Visual Arts (printmaking and ceramics) and a BS in Design Technology (print). You can purchase his work from his shop on Etsy.