Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is embossed?

What is embossed?

Embossed refers to a raised or depressed surface created during the printmaking process. Artists use embossing to delineate object edges, to create textures and to embellish areas in an artistic composition. The process can also be used to create a frame around the compositional area. (Image © Petr Lerch/Shutterstock)

Automatism

Automatism refers to the process of accessing material from the unconscious or subconscious within the creative process. It is Sigmund Freud’s method used during psychoanalysis called free association. Artists valued the process for its ability to stimulate creative thought and activity.

Lowbrow

Derogatory term that refers to some popular culture forms. It describes an art movement that began in Los Angeles in 1970s. Lowbrow relates to a person with little intellectual or taste interest.

Assemblage

Assemblage is the French word for the artistic process of putting together three dimensional objects to create a work of art. Artists often use found objects, such as leaves or stones from nature, discarded items or recycled materials, to assemble in a creative, interesting way.

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