07 July 2010

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
Paper: Nishinouchi
Edition: 22

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:



Kim Rosen said...

I'm in love with this print- something fierce.

Ellen Shipley said...

I really love this!

starkeyart said...

Great print! Really love the detail. And the colors.

Jane said...

Annie, this is such a powerful print, and it is so good to see your process. Your blog is an invaluable resource to new printmakers like me and i am forever learning things that absolutely inform my own approach to and and practice of japanese woodblock printmaking.

Thank you,


Oscar said...

Love your bead work, Annie !

Excellent print - good illustrations for us.

Keep working that studio !


Andrew Stone said...

Great little print.
Nice beadwork and big, effective statement in a small piece....nice to see what you can do when your rushed!
Love the purple.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Beautiful! how did you like working "small"? LOL small can be beautiful and powerful too.

Annie B said...

Thanks everyone. Diana, funny I was just thinking about how this would make a great new series, but bigger!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

LOL your small is my big! which is funny because I bet I'm taller than you are :)

owiasjee said...

i like woodblock blogs.