Artist Statement

Through my work, I excavate emotional landscapes. My studio practice is largely subtractive and shifts across printmaking, photography and sculpture. Current work explores longing and memory, focusing on preserving places of personal significance through new technology and sound. Starting from a location of nostalgia, I map homesick spaces located someplace between the real and imagined. The imagery is fragmented, layered, and collaged to create a misrepresentation of place which oscillates between memories and documented experiences.

With an experimental approach to printmaking, I have been researching contemporary applications of laser etching, bringing alternative plate building methods into both my teaching and studio practice. During my time at FAU, I have been investigating new technology through a Printmaker’s lens.


Sammi McLean, born and raised in South Florida, received her BFA from the University of South Florida with a concentration in Printmaking. Following a two-year artist residency teaching position at nationally recognized Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, she is currently an MFA candidate (2017) at Florida Atlantic University.

Through her interdisciplinary research, she has been awarded the Lynn Travis Stendor Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, Rothenberger Fellowship and scholarship support for a semester abroad in Berlin, Germany.