Reflections within the Grid: Woodcuts
Forty Laser Cut Multi-block Color Woodcut Prints
During the past several years, I have focused on the integration of digital technologies with traditional art-making methods, specifically addressing the technical and conceptual similarities found in silkscreen and relief printmaking and laser fabrication. I was not interested in exploring what I could already achieve through the time honored traditional techniques that I have been using, but how technology could add and expand upon the effects I want to achieve or have yet to find in my prints. By developing my work using digital imaging and employing laser fabrication as a carving tool, I could manipulate surfaces in novel ways, resulting in finely drawn, patterned and textured photographic-like color woodblocks with extremely precise registration. In addition to approaching my imagery in a new way, I explored directions to manipulate my blocks, printing surfaces and their methods of presentation. I searched for cohesion between the different working methods that could integrate my ideas and imagery technically, conceptually, and visually without appearing mechanical. Layering and the treatment of my printing surface became this bridge.
Reflections within the Grid is a group of forty multi-color laser cut woodcut prints displayed in a grid format. Within the grid, there are four distinct groups of images, that through order, positioning, and omission of layers, show the transition within the series. Different variations of each image occur because of the layering involved in making the woodcut images and the omission of specific layers in each variation. The color of paper used also effects how each print is viewed, for the same color inks are used throughout all variations of each print. These images are generated from photographs taken of designer store windows and facades, including Corso Como, Shanghai (Reflections within the Grid #3, Mont Blanc, Shanghai (Reflections within the Grid #4) and Christian Dior, Tokyo (Reflections within the Grid #5).