Aline Feldman

Aline Feldman

Columbia, MD
Perspectives, White Line Woodcut
26 x 18

White-line woodcut technique is used for “Perspectives Revealed.” This technique is based on the classical Japanese way of doing woodcuts. The paper used is often Okinawa or Torinoko: no press is used—only the use of hand burnishing. My carving tools consist of knives & gouges of various sizes. I use 2nd grade pine blocks. Once carved, watercolor is applied to each shape several times (one shape at a time) with a brush. The paper is lowered on the block & rubbed with a baren to transfer the image to the paper. The various shapes of the woodcuts are described by the carved line, which appears as a white line on the finished print adding texture and luminosity. The whiteline separates the colored shapes- as in mosaic. This is a time & labor-intensive method. The use of non-traditional tools and overprinting sometimes characterizes my work. The color choices and forms make the work uniquely mine and combine various views of the land & cityscape.