14 January 2018

Vigil


VIGIL
Watercolor woodblock (moku hanga)
11 x 17 inches (28 x 43 cm)
Made from 5 blocks, 10 hand-rubbed applications of color
Edition of 10 on Yukimi paper
Shapes derived from four video stills of a group of candles.
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vigil
/ˈvɪdʒ·əl/
​noun
• a period of staying awake, to be with someone who is ill or to call public attention to something
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So we gather together and stand shoulder to shoulder. We watch and wait, and we try to stay awake.

The way the grain printed, with the suggestion of a current of energy running between the individual flames, was everything I could have hoped for when I chose that piece of wood for the final layer.

As usual, here are some process shots.


05 January 2018

Fire and Fury



FIRE AND FURY
Watercolor woodblock (moku hanga)
11 x 17 inches (28 x 43 cm)
Made from 5 blocks, 10 hand-rubbed applications of color
Edition of 8 on Yukimi paper
Shapes derived from four video stills of a North Korean missile launch.
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“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
–Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Bhagavad-Gita, 16 Jul 1945

“I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”
–Ronald Reagan, 23 Mar 1983

“Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake.”
–Viktor Frankl, 19 Jun 1983

“Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.”
–Daisaku Ikeda, 25 Apr 2012

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
–Donald Trump, 9 Aug 2017

“Will someone from [Kim Jong Un's] depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
–Donald Trump, 2 Jan 2018

What else is there to say? I have nothing to add.

First two colors.
Color three.
Fourth color. The fifth block was printed four times to complete the print. Unfortunately i didn't take any photos.