22 July 2005
Pause and Assess
I've been looking at these 3 prints and trying to discern where I want to go next. I've also been looking at some woodcut books that my friend Alan loaned to me, particularly a book about the German Expressionist E.L. Kirchner. What I notice most about Kirchner's woodcuts is the energy in his marks, the fact that you can "see" what he cut and the tools he used. You can almost watch his hand move. Look at this piece, for example:
Some of the cuts seem very precise and planned, but there's an energy and roughness to some of the other marks that I really like.
I'm happy with the 3 Buddha pieces I made, but I can see that what I've done is reproduce in woodblock a way of constructing a drawing that I've learned from 20 years of using vector-based computer software. In vector-based illustration you essentially layer colored shapes on top of one another to create your drawing, almost like cut paper. That's what I did with the Buddhas, too. Nothing wrong with that, but I'd like to experiment with the characteristics of the wood itself and the marks that the various cutting tools make.