Printmaking

Starting work on a small linocut project.

I’m working on a linocut with the family chruch, St. Andrew’s Lutheran, as the subject. It is a beautiful old church and a great example of those which used to cover the prairie. As farm sizes increase and the size of small towns decrease fewer and fewer of these chuches remain. In fact, this one depends on the decendants of parishioners for its repair and upkeep as regular services are no longer heald there.

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I understand the sentiment and love behind hand written correspondence, but isn’t there something similar in the text from a mechanical typewriter? I mean, every mechanical typewriter has it’s own unique character, spacing, and imperfections not unlike that of the human hand (minus the character traits such as impulsively, reservation, etc.). If these variations exist but inference is removed, doesn’t the choice of words amplify while the intimacy is retained in a work of art that uses the mechanical typewriter in it’s expression? I believe it is so.

Victim, Linocut on Bristol Board, approx. 7”X9”

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Typically something I would work on at my North Dakota studio, Victim is a brief study in the media with some optimism for improvement in subsequent work. In this small series (3 as you see it) I juxtaposed a portrait of Little Warrior, a survivor of the battle at Little Bighorn, with a personal letter written by Michael Vetter, a soldier who did not. My intent is to portray the ambiguity between villain and victim given the historical (and arguably ongoing) dishonorable interaction with Native Americans by our government.

Victim

Victim

Victim, Linocut on Bristol Board, approx. 7”X9”

Typically something I would work on at my North Dakota studio, Victim is a brief study in the media with some optimism for improvement in subsequent work. In this small series (3 as you see it) I juxtaposed a portrait of Little Warrior, a survivor of the battle at Little Bighorn, with a personal letter written by Michael Vetter, a soldier who did not. My intent is to portray the ambiguity between villain and victim given the historical (and arguably ongoing) dishonorable interaction with Native Americans by our government.