Joan Pranata Bogart is an artist and nature admirer. Her botanical and ocean themed prints carved from linoleum blocks are inspired by the motif of Indonesian Batik, an intricate hand designed textile made from wax resist printing.
Outside of carving the relief blocks, pulling prints by hand is the most satisfying part of printing. Her curiosity in fabric batik design and technique is deconstructed by transferring the delicate shapes and organic lines from blocks of ink onto paper.
She received a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, then spent 11 years working in a large tech company. While she maintained illustration work on the side, Printmaking was re-introduced to her shortly after moving to Santa Cruz in 2016. Making art with her kids was a catalyst for Joan’s self-taught practice of hand made relief printmaking and evolution of drawing in a more tactile fashion. Seeing a drawing carefully hand-carved and brought into life in her relief ink prints gives her an engaged and addictive outlet for her Art Practice. Her recent botanical ink prints are best imagined in original arrangement- no two are alike. Multiple relief prints are pressed by hand onto paper in a Batik-like design.
Joan teaches workshops locally where she makes printmaking accessible to all. She practices her craft in her backyard art studio while raising three children with her husband in Santa Cruz, CA.