A wood engraving print series and book project
I'm seeking an Imagine Grant to support research, study, collaboration, and creative production and exhibition of a new body of work in the printmaking medium of wood engraving.
For 30 years I have worked in intaglio printmaking and have developed an aesthetic language in my own creative production around engraving and other intaglio techniques. Wood engraving (which is a relief rather than intaglio printmaking medium) is a specialized printmaking technique, and it lends itself to small-scale densely detailed imagery, and also has its own artistic sensibility or even its own "culture." I wish to have an immersion in this culture by working alongside two eminent wood engravers ﾗEdwina Ellis and Hilary Paynter, both in the UK. I will study in a five-day wood engraving course taught by Edwina Ellis at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales in July 2015 and spend two weeks working with Hilary Paynter in her studio in Bideford, Devon, England. Through this creative immersion, I will benefit from learning about the creative practices of these two artists and develop expertise in what is for me a relatively unfamiliar printmaking medium.
This first part of the project will be the springboard for the second part of the project which I will undertake during the second half of 2015 and 2016: a series of wood engravings out of which I will create a book in pictures, entitled "A Sphere of Existence," that documents and maps the Mississippi River from Franklin Avenue Bridge to the Ford Parkway Bridge.