Ann Conner

Ann Conner

Wilmington, NC
Rosewood 3, Woodcut
18×18

“Rosewood 3” is a woodcut published in 2008.
Working in woodcut is always a challenge as the grain of the wood is so captivating. My woodcuts are, in many ways, a response to this. I like carving into the natural flat wood, or mechanically clean surface of linoleum, however using high-tech power carver, or laser engraving blocks. Relief is the oldest form of printmaking, and it continues to have relevance for me.

Steps:
1) select wood type based upon visual grain characteristics, in this case special
order rift cut straight grain oak veneer over MDF board (medium density
fiberboard) for stabilization to ensure block flatness in carving and printing;
2) pencil trace image onto block’s surface using template;
3) carve image with Automach power chisel;
4) collaborate with Leslie Miller, The Grenfell Press, NYC, to proof woodblock
(Rosewood 1–6) in different inks;
5) edition block in 15 impressions printed by Brad Ewing.