Highland Park, NJ
Blockprint, #8, woodblock monoprint
15 x 20.5
This piece, “Blockprint #8”, is one of a series I made using children’s blocks. At the time I had young children at home, and I was working with woodblock printmaking in more and less traditional ways. I used oil-based relief ink and mixed the colors with transparent extender. The same block is used throughout in this piece, utilizing different sides of the block and changing the orientation. I first printed the red twice and the blue twice; then overprinted one red with translucent white and the other with translucent black, doing the same for the blue shapes. As is often true of printmaking, there were surprises. I came to enjoy the indentations in the block’s surfaces, the result of play. Those marks, which resisted inking, reveal the lower layer of ink and interact with each other. There is also a color interaction resulting from the translucency of the layers.