Sylvia Solochek Walters

Sylvia Solochek Walters

Oakland, CA
Untitled (Woodpeckers), Woodcut
12 x 20

“Untitled (Woodpeckers”) is a one-off proof, a combination single block and reductive woodcut, with acetate stencils. The image is a trial impression made to test the development of the birds for another larger print. Once completed, the birds were positioned on a partial proof of floral material from still another older block.

My blocks are printed by hand with a wooden spoon. Stencils hinged to the block are used to define almost every color, and, simultaneously, to protect the rest of the paper from excessive ink layers. After each color is printed, the corresponding area of the block is removed until the image is completely printed and the block is almost entirely destroyed.

I would have liked to submit the editioned print in which the woodpeckers appear for BP’s 2010 member show, “thINK,” but it did not satisfy the exhibition size requirements.