With the Tide
"With the Tide" is a color serigraph created in 1957 by American artist Doris Meyer Chatham (born 1923). This impression is pencil signed, titled, dated, and editioned 10/23. It was printed by the artist on smooth ivory wove paper measuring 15-1/4 x 25-1/2 inches.
In "With the Tide," Chatham captures movement much like the tide ebbs and flows, depositing and clearing flotsam, jetsam and jellyfish on the beaches. The deeper meaning suggests moving along with the forces beyond our control, bouncing off obstacles and drifting until settling down, only to be set adrift again, something the artist did throughout her life.
Doris Hoag Clark was born in Toronto, Canada in 1923, and she graduated from the Rice Institute in Houston, Texas. In 1945, she married German born Professor Heinrich Meyer, a linguist and Goethe scholar who taught at Rice.
In 1945, the Meyers moved to Emmaus, Pennsylvania to open a cooperative farming community with Jerome Irving Rodale. Doris helped edit Rodale’s "Organic Farming and Gardening and Prevention" magazines and assisted with planting his first organic garden, one of the first in the United States.
After divorcing Meyer in 1955, Doris moved to the Pacific Northwest where she studied printmaking with Glenn Alps at the University of Washington, learning the techniques of lithography and collagraphy. In the late 1950s she travelled to France to study printmaking with S.W. Hayter who re-opened Atelier 17 in Paris. She studied with Kaiko Moti and experimented with viscosity printing.
Doris Meyer later moved to Marin County, California where she taught printmaking at the College of Marin. It was during this time that she met and later married the painter, Russell Chatham. When their marriage failed, Meyer Chatham returned to the Pacific Northwest.