This is my progress so far on my print “Frost Burrow” which will be the 29th page of the Lunation book. My page corresponds to the last day of the waning crescent moon phase, and I’ll be tweaking the values to aim for 2-4% illumination. I’m working from a photo I took during the winter, on a day without snow on the ground, of a rabbit burrow (I think) edged in frost. The frost formed from the meeting of warm moist breath with the cold outer air and clung to the dead grass and roots around the entrance to the burrow. So this print is about hibernation, waiting, hints of life amid evidence of death, warmth hidden in darkness, and a hole that may be empty or full.
Last night during my Japanese Woodblock class at MCBA I played with recombining past woodblocks to make a new image. I used the child from “Parking Lot Snow Mountain” and the ant I carved for “Diggers” to make this new encounter between a child an an ant. I printed a few that I will trade with my students for their prints next week.
Three of my prints: Parking Lot Snow Mountain, Cracked and Inhabited, and Branching Sidewalk Crack with Mud, are at the Ledge gallery along with other artwork, waiting for someone to check them out and bring them home for a visit next weekend!
I think the idea of an art lending library is fun and I hope it takes off!
Come see “The Work of Growing Food”, a collaboration between me and origami designer Jane Rosemarin, in a show of work by MCAD continuing studies faculty.
The opening will be this Friday, June 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
I’m excited to announce a new project, a print exchange book on the theme of women’s relationships to the cycles of the moon that I’ve been dreaming about since the idea came to me in the middle of the night many months ago. Now, it’s beginning to have some reality and momentum as I’ve invited participants and have finalized the list.
“Lunation: 29 days of darkness and light” will be a book about the relationship between humans and the cosmos with a focus on what it means to be female and experience the rhythm of the lunar cycle. Participants will consider the amount of illumination visible during a particular day of the lunation and roughly translate that relationship of light and dark value into their print. Ideally, the book will have a flow from mostly darkness to mostly light and then back to mostly darkness again, giving unity to the diverse ways that each of the participants interprets the theme of the book.
Participants may consider these themes as possible inspiration for their prints: cycles of life and creativity such as menstruation, ovulation, fertility, motherhood, and menopause as well as how these physical experiences inform our understanding of dark and light, growth and loss, fluids and tides, mystery and dreams, mortality and the cyclical passing of time.
Originally I was hoping for 28 participants, one for each day of the lunar cycle, but I learned that the lunar cycle varies, and on average it is 29.5 days. So this list has 29 participants. The percentage of illumination they are asked to roughly translate is next to their name. I’m so honored to be working with this group of women, and I hope to learn from their wisdom, diversity, and experience as we put this book together.
1. 0-1% Angela Hed
2. 1-3% Sonja Olson
3. 3-8% Erin Maurelli
4. 8-15% Beth Dorsey
5. 15-23% Barb Gibson
6. 23-33% Sara R. Parr
7. 33-43% Olga S. Ricalde Moreno
8. 44-53% Allison Bolah
15. 99-100% Hend Al-Mansour
16. 99-100% Rebecca Alm
17. 95-99% A.K. Vincent
18. 90-96% Mary Leikvold
19. 83-91% Diana Eicher
20. 75-84% Laura Brown
21. 67-75% Monica Edwards-Larson
22. 57-65% Carol Inderieden
23. 48-54% Jennifer Hibbard
I have finished my most recent print “Parking Lot Snow Mountain”
In true print-at-home-DIY-mama fashion, I laid them out on my son’s giant drawing paper on the living room rug for curating the edition:
And here’s the final print. 6 colors from 2 blocks, all but the orange printed as a reduction cut.
Before I carved away the 2nd to last layer on the reduction block, I printed a few extra in plain gray, as a simpler variation. This one has just two reduction layers, the gray and black, printed from one block, and the orange printed from the second block:
These prints are 5×7″ on 6×8″ paper and are for sale, contact me at artist (at) emilyckhoisington (dot) com if you’re interested. I’m also thinking of making one print this size per season (this one would be winter 2013), so if anyone would be interested in a “CSA” model of buying a whole year’s seasonal prints in advance, let me know!
Thanks to all of my family helping out taking care of my son, and thanks to my son for the inspiration, I am working on a new print. It’s a mostly a reduction cut, but some layers are inked in more than one color, such as this first one in yellow and blue:
And this second layer is all the same color purple, but the area printed over the yellow uses paste to make a smoother color and the area printed over the blue does not use paste, to create more texture for the snow.
This is an homage to the lingering winter we’ve been having, and the pleasure of exploring the temporary urban wilderness created by the piles of snow at the edges of parking lots. I am hoping to print one or two more layers this morning.
I’m honored to be included as part of an exhibition on do-it-yourself printmaking at the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s project space in downtown St. Paul. My works on display will be my most recent print “Diggers,” my “Sleep Circles” and “Wake Circles” monotypes, and one of my earliest Japanese woodblock prints “Knitting Worms.”
The show will run from March 7 to April 28, 2013, with a free opening reception this Thursday, March 7 from 6 to 8:30pm
In conjunction with this exhibition, I’ll be doing a hands-on demonstration where you can come and make a print from some of my woodblocks from 1-3pm on Sunday, April 21.
If you get the Highland Villager neighborhood newspaper, please check out this week’s paper to see an article on me!
For those of you who would like to make your own Japanese woodblock print (moku hanga) from start to finish, I’ll be teaching a workshop at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts this May and June: Monday evenings from 6-9pm May 13, 20, Jun 3, 10, 17 & 24. The class will be listed on their workshop page once they get the whole summer schedule up in April, but if you want to ask about registering before then, feel free to call them (Phone: 612 215 2520).