Today’s flick, produced by Cristea Roberts Gallery, shows part of the printing of Caldera Overlook by Emma Stibbon. The four-panel print was done in an edition of 10 and measures a stunning 214 x 372 cm/84.25 x 146.5 in.
In Stibbon’s own words from the Vimeo page:
Woodcut has this graphic impact that can give tonal drama to an image. I worked in two sets of blocks, the blended under colour and then a second black block that sits on top. I was thinking about Japanese artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige who achieve this beautiful blend of colour on the block – a technique called bokashi. Woodcut has an organic feel to it; you have the grain of the wood obviously, but this also determines the marks you can cut because it’s more difficult to cut against the grain. I quite like that rawness as opposed to something flat and inert like lino. It also seemed appropriate to use wood to depict a rain forest. I’ve always felt attracted to woodcut – you are cutting your highlights out of a dark plane. It’s a kind of dark, god-like thing to illuminate something as opposed to building up a tonal image on a white page.
You might want to spend a little of your weekend checking out Stibbon’s website.