Eleanor Rubin

Eleanor Rubin

West Newton, MA
Falling into Herself, Woodcut Unique Impression
20 x 16.75

This image is one of several variations printed from a single woodblock. The dark area was overprinted on top of a lighter print, (ghost), that was printed in the reverse orientation, (upside down). The leaf-like shape just off center, was created with a stencil. The stencil prevented dark ink from printing in the area of the large wing, so that the lines of the underlying ghost impression are clearly visible in this area. The intended effect is one of metamorphosis challenging stability .

Plate making: The wood is shina, a fine-grained plywood from Hokkaido. The block is 1/4” thick. The artist used Japanese woodcut gauges to cut the block.

Printing: An etching press and felt blankets were used. The paper was not dampened. Oil-based black printing ink was used. The stencil was cut with mat knife from non-porous paper.