Let’s Make Music
Another one for the sake of making art. I try to make time as often as I can to produce work with my hands, since my career is spent behind a screen. There's something profound and alluring to me in the linoleum block carving because the process is, inherently, a development of a tool that allows the creation of multiples. Replication is something that rarely seems to exist in handmade art. There's a je ne sais quoi in the act of both duplicating something you made by hand, as well as never having two pieces look alike. It's a machine, and yet the copies are never perfect.
The laborious hours spent with the carving knife, the gradual reduction, chipping away at positive space, until the negative space has a life of its own. Reductive art is very medatative to me. I don't have a full press or roller in my tiny studio apartment so I used the back of a wooden spoon to make prints. Slightly askew, sticky, thick black ink, peppered with texture and imperfections, across the 9'x12' bristol, to me, only adds to the character of handmade art.