Joseph Kraft received his BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012. He currently lives in Chicago where he creates monoprints, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture. Joe has a great interest in architecture and is especially influenced by the Brutalist architecture prevalent in some of Chicago’s best- known buildings. His color palette of late is inspired by the colors of Southern France where he recently spent 7 months.
Joe has developed his unique monoprinting process which begins with cutting newsprint into the shapes of his composition. Once he feels that his composition is right, he cuts his final shapes out of tracing paper which he lays flat and tapes onto glass. He then transfers the inked shapes onto paper, using tweezers. Next, he burnishes the tracing paper to transfer the ink, then peels away the tracing paper, thus creating the unevenness and texture of his final print. Joe hand-builds a rhombus frame for each print, since he enjoys the sculptural aspect of the rhombus frame.