Artist Bio & Statement
Ali Cat. Leeds was born in St. Helena, California. She spent her formative years learning to draw under the drafting table of her mother who encouraged her daughter’s pursuit of art. Ali received her BFA at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon where she now lives and works as a printmaker. Her prints mingle the literal and metaphorical to illuminate and comment upon the world around us. Relief, screen, and letterpress prints span from the carnage of clear-cuts to the beauty of peoples movements. Ali mentored under master printer Paul Mullowney and her work has been featured in The Public Eye Magazine, Certain Days Calendar, The Siren Nation Festival, and Just Seeds. She completed an artist-residency at Proyecto Ace in Buenos Aires in 2014, and was a member of Flight 64, a member-run, nonprofit print studio, from 2015- 2018. Ali currently works as the Print Studio Technician at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
I believe that printmaking, in many ways, seeks to carry on the tradition of both art and ideal in that it makes the works reproducible for the artist as well as the art and the message easily accessible to the people. I was once interested in painting, but realized that often only one person would be able to appreciate the message conveyed upon my canvas, and that this person would almost certainly belong to a specific income-bracket. Within printmaking, I work to challenge the neo-traditions of processes that have worked to entrench the medium within the art-market system. An example is editioning. By leaving my prints uneditioned they can reject an assessed-scarcity value that would be placed upon them by such markets. I enjoy using printmaking as my favored medium specifically because I am able to produce works about social, political, and ecological issues that are easily available to most peoples who may desire, or benefit from them. I have also begun to create and sell prints with the intent being that a portion of the proceeds go directly to specific activist organizations (Earth First! Journal, Rose City Antifa, political prisoners, and more). This has been a long-standing idea and practice in the history of printmaking that I seek to carry on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why dont your prints have editions?
A: An edition is a number of prints struck from one plate, usually at the same time. It is often marked in the bottom left hand corner of the image. An example is the first print of an edition of 50 would be marked 1/50. The next 2/50 and so on. Editioning prints started in the 19th century. This idea allowed prints to fit better into an art market by applying a rarity value. When I am out of a run of prints, I print more. This assures that the prints stay affordable and no unintended value is added to them.
Q: How is your work licensed or copywritten?
A: Under Creative Commons License “CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.”
Q: What is creative commons?
A: Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
Q: Can I get a tattoo of your work?
A: Of course! Please send me photos.
Q: How long does it take to recieve my order?
A: Generally orders are packed and shipped within 1 week of purchase. We are located in Portland, OR – so for North American addresses it may take anywhere from 2 – 5 ‘business days’. International orders vary.