Title: 2008 : 2015 | 41°54'7"N 12°27'59"E
Info: 35" x 26”, Reduction woodcut, ink, cut paper, fiber
This print began as a mono-print in a series of reduction woodcuts. During this process you create the image for a single block by carving away on your print matrix (block), inking, printing, and repeating this for every color layer.
This reduction (removal) process is incredibly time consuming, and requires a great amount of image planning before you begin.
Old Print [history]:
While at Iowa State University I spent a summer semester studying abroad in Rome,Italy. I lived in an IKEA crate apartment near Vatican city. With the studio one mile south of us, I would walk every morning past the Castel Sant’Angelo. The bridge in front of this mausoleum was lined with Baroque statues created in the studio of Bernini. Each statue was an serpentine angel holding a symbol of the Passion of the Christ. These statues seemed to radiate a powerful presence. I could see in my minds eye an aura of crackling spiritual energy radiating from the folds of their wind-blown garments. I created several mixed media drawings inspired by these statues while I finished my time in Rome.
Upon returning to the states, these sculptures haunted me. So I created the reduction woodcuts you see here. This print is one in over 40 prints I created using this image.
New Life [redemption]:
Nearly eight years later I am still working into the last remaining woodcuts. A delicately cut border mimics the shapes found within the image. By working into this print I added depth and graphic lines to accentuate the movement of the print.
A Note about the Title -
Giving titles to work has always be a bit confounding to me. Usually I complete the work, and then get stuck on what to name it. This used to end with a quick look into a Thesaurus or some poetic denotation which sorely lacked deeper meaning.
With the pieces in my new series I have chosen to create a labeling system based on a sort of personal taxonomy. What I mean is that the hidden meaning of this title, 2008 : 2015 | 41°54'7"N 12°27’59”E, lies in a code. 2008 : 2015 refers to the start and end date of this piece (common among all ten pieces). 41°54'7"N 12°27’59”E, are the coordinates for the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy. There are 4 pieces in this current body of work which have coordinates included in the title.
As I created these pieces I began to associate them with locations which hold importance in my life.
Stay tuned for the next three or look this one up yourself. here.
This reduction woodcut is a unique print which would look great on a large wall in your living room. It has proven to be a wonderful conversation starter.
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