John Thompson

John Thompson

Waltham, MA
Untitled, Woodcut
22 x 18

This woodcut continues my exploration of moments of an intimate landscape, observing the many layers. Perhaps the viewing is from the top to the bottom of a pond. This might encompass reflections and ripples, stray leaves and sticks partially submerged, plants growing in different depths, currents moving silt, and finally reaching deep enough to touch bottom. While these images are in a sense landscapes, putting a more equal emphasis on each layer than exists in nature, moves the images into abstraction.

For this monoprint I started by planning, drawing in ink, and carving ten separate woodblocks. These blocks were printed and overprinted onto a Chinese paper using oil-based printing inks, hand brayers and a French Tool Press. Each print in this series passes through the press up to a dozen times. The Chinese paper with the printed surface was cine-colled onto a sheet of Rives-BFK.