Through my print work, I am seeking to represent plants as they come to life through dynamic movement and color derived from handmade plant inks. These plants are calling to the viewer, attempting to attract the viewer’s attention. The plants are often rootless, they bloom extra flowers, have serpentine leaves, or take on mythical and feminine forms, all in an effort to identify with and attract humans. The plants sprout ropes and other means of attachment as they seek to repair broken connections with us.
My images are woodcuts, printed and hand-colored with handmade and harvested plant-based inks. This slow process reflects the unhurried and deliberate relationship rebuilding necessary for lasting connection. The nature of printmaking allow for reproduction to reach wide audiences. With each print, my hope is that viewers will connect with these plants and begin to seek out relationship in Nature.
1. Dandelion, 16” x 20”, 2019, woodcut printed with soy based ink on paper
2. Dandelion, 16” x 20”, 2019, woodcut printed with soy based ink on paper colored with handmade turmeric, fresh iris, and oxidized copper.
3. Rattlesnake Master, 16” x 20”, 2019, woodcut printed with soy based ink on paper.
4. Tulips, 2019, 18” x 22”, woodcut printed with soy based ink colored with handmade avocado, turmeric, iris, oxidized copper inks.