07 July 2010
Lost In Translation (Wampum)
LOST IN TRANSLATION (WAMPUM)
Japanese woodblock (moku hanga)
Paper/Image size: 7" x 10" (17.8 x 25.4 cm)
4 shina plywood blocks
4 hand-rubbed impressions
The relationships between North America's native peoples and the settler colonists from Europe were rife with misunderstandings. In this print I've looked at two of these basic misinterpretations:
-Wampum was a native ceremonial/sacred object that colonists appropriated as a kind of money
-Land was viewed by Native peoples as common to all with various rights to the land being saleable, while colonists viewed land as subject to private ownership and sought to purchase it with wampum as one of the means of payment.
I think the North American housing bubble actually dates back this far.
I made an edition of 22 of this print, 15 for the PrintZero exchange and the other 7 to be a part of the Pilgrim series.
I spent one long day in the studio printing this so that I could get it in the mail in time for the July 7 deadline. Here's the 4-layer build:
And here a closeup detail: