13 August 2009
Sometimes I'm Married, 2009
I've been swamped with illustration work lately so I haven't been doing any printmaking, or blogging for that matter. But this weekend Lynn and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and I wanted to show you this year's installment of the print series I call Sometimes I'm Married. I worked on this print during the moku hanga workshop I taught last month.
As I explained last year, I think of these prints as a gradual reduction series examining the state of my marriage. I plan to revisit this print every year around our wedding anniversary until all the states are one color.
A reduction print is a print created by cutting a block, printing it, then cutting some more and printing again. In this series the gold block stays the same, but the overprinted blue block will be gradually reduced.
At least that was the plan, but then came California. Because I had carved away California in 2008 (since at that point we were legally married there), the passage of Proposition 8 making gay marriage once again illegal in California ruined my plan. I had to put California back. Which meant I had to re-carve the blue block.
California is a conundrum. I read somewhere that same-gender couples who are married in other states might be married in California too as long as they were married before Proposition 8 was passed. But nobody seems sure about that. I'm optimistic, so I made California striped to signify that we might be married there. Despite the California seesaw, the Northeast is positively glowing with gay marriage (no wonder I love it here) and, well, Iowa was an awfully nice surprise. Yay Iowa!
Here's the series so far.