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Woodblock Prints


Carved and Pressed by Hand
limited editions

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Woodblock Prints


Carved and Pressed by Hand
limited editions

Printing By Hand

With a small set of tools and a block of wood a person can create art.  The process of printmaking is a journey where the artist learns about their idea through the materials they use.  Each decision must be considered for now and in the future print. 

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Carving

Every print starts as a drawing (usually in charcoal) on the board.  As I carve the image, the drawing is erased.  This allows me to focus more on the carving, and less on strict adherence to the idea.  The process of carving will bring its own ideas to the piece.

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Printing

When it is time to print the carved block, I do my pressing by hand.  Hand pressing means that I do not create many editions of my prints.  It takes time to create good prints by hand, but it also allows me to print on different scales and materials.  Also there is a chance for editing the print during pressing.

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Editions and Blocks

Since I press by hand most editions are only 10 prints.  Once an edition is completed, I will carve the edition date into the block.  This means that the edition cannot be re-printed and that I can make the blocks available to collectors as well.

Planets


Planets


Visions of the early skies

For this series of prints, I was inspired by how the study of astronomy grew out of the interpretations and reflections of earlier peoples.

Mercury
woodblock print
12 x 12 inches

Based on many cultural interpretations of the planet Mercury.  The frog representing the mutable aspect of mercury as well as alluding to the concept of some peoples that this was the leaping star.

Jupiter
woodblock print
12 x 12 inches

Based on the interpretations of the planet Jupiter by several cultures.  It was intriguing to me that people still recognized Jupiter as being great or large despite having no direct way to measure the scale of different astronomical objects.

Saturn
woodblock print
12 x 12 inches

The idea of Saturn as the time-keeper and the harvester was intriguing.  Again, this is the outermost of the planets of the ancient world, which makes sense as an analogy.  The amount of understanding people had of these objects always amazes.

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Punctuated


It's all about how we communicate

Punctuated


It's all about how we communicate

The Punctuated series was inspired by my use of punctuation marks in programming and messaging.  These marks originated as a way to add significance to text.  Now they are used to convey entire concepts.  Systems of writing develop as a way to share ideas over space and time, and yet there is also a certain amount of arcane secrecy.  You have to be initiated into the system, or you cannot understand it.  With art there is a similar set of rules to transfer cultural concepts, while at the same time avoiding the obvious.  Punctuation seems to hover between the explicit and the abstract.  It is how we make the world easier to read.

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Constructing the Dance


Every Movement a Sentence

Constructing the Dance


Every Movement a Sentence

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Constructing the Dance developed out of many things that I was working on.  The Motorhead series forced me to focus on the figurative form to provide content since the heads were basically blocks without the ability to display emotions.  At the same time I was working with a Life Drawing group.  I was often just working on the same sketch throughout all the poses, which created this sense of movement that I loved.  Also, I realized that as I composed many of my paintings that I was choreographing the figures so that the lines of potential movement would connect and lead the eye.  Again and again I was reminded how much we express with the body, and that is what I was trying to capture here.

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Motorheads


What is it that motivates us?

Motorheads


What is it that motivates us?

The Motorhead series is about the way people find and lose motivation.  Both the internal and external mechanisms which relate to these effects are explored.  I began using the motor as a symbol for motivation as it was completely foreign to the body.  The ability to control devices seems so easy when compared to controlling ourselves.  When we start talking about how and why people do what they do there is a way in which the body becomes stripped away and we become machines.  I did not want to hide that fact, but put it in front of the viewer so that they would be able to react to the process as well as the concept.