New Prints for Wild Words North exhibition

The Peace Liard Regional Council is sponsoring a festival showcasing diverse forms of writing comprised of discussions, presentations, workshops, readings and performances.

Accompanying this festival will be an exhibition of art works inspired by the writings of three poets: Kym Gouchie, Billy-Ray Belcourt and Erin Mouré.

I am often inspired by literature and as I have recently been working with letters and words in an abstract way, I was happy to take up the challenge of this exhibition. I found all the poems inspiring but chose Erin Moure’s words because her work is familiar to me as she is my sister-in-law.

Purpose
(from The Elements, House of Anansi, 2019)

To draw text as one draws water from the zone
beneath the house.

To articulate all the texts of a life, as they arise.
Not separating them into poems or essays.

Creating spaces for words on pages as if they were
walks or
benches.

Drinking Coffee.

Drinking another coffee.
Sun on the wall. Just
sun.

 

 

These mounted linocuts (12 x 12 inches) are printed on Japanese paper. The three plates used spell “life,” “text,” and “write” but the letters are arranged abstractly: out of order, cut up and cut off, overlapped etc.  Each print is made from two plates, one in yellow and the second in red. You could say I have dismembered the words to make room for unexpected visual compositions, using the letter forms as content rather than to convey meaning. I think this is what Erin is trying to say in her poem. Sometimes, the sun is just the sun. Red is just red and yellow is just yellow. Of course, it was irresistible to title them after words in her poem: A Bench, A Walk, A Filament of Sun, Water Beneath

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Etchings with chine collé

I learned some new gluing techniques for chine collé from Shivangi Ladha, SNAP’s current international resident. I am very pleased with these experiments.

 

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Starting a book on the Vandercook

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Ex Libris exhibition installed

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I’m making new prints about all the activities books inspire

These are just a few proofs made to help me decide on composition and colour before printing them.

 

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Art of the Book 2018, a selection

I went to see Art of the Book 2018, a CBBAG exhibition held every 5 years, at the FAB Gallery at the University of Alberta. It wasn’t as wonderful as I’d hoped but still there were some books that caught my eye and made me wish I could open them with my own hands.

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In Memoriam – printed and stitched fabric book

These are not very good photographs but they will have to do until I can take better ones.

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