linoleum block print
7″ x 5″
“For this piece, I decided to work with a linoleum block as I haven’t done a print in years. In order to differentiate between light and shadow, I experimented with my personal doodling style: drawing various amorphous shapes that fit together, yet never touch. I usually do these doodles in pen, so I found it very refreshing to try it out with carving, having to focus on the negative space between the shapes rather than shapes themselves.”
“It’s great to see a piece that is so expressive, and also interested in something beyond purely creating the best possible likeness. It’s really compelling to me that you’ve created this inventive patterning within the shadows of your face, and in areas like under your chin, and on your forehead that creates a real interest because it manages to, both describe the three-dimensional service of your face, while also obscuring your specific features.
I would love to see you push that attention a little bit further though, I think they’re areas where you to pair that detail down. Particularly in the hand that’s being pressed against the face, because I feel like that should really read more clearly.
I keep finding myself drawn to the eyes in this piece though, and I think that’s because you strike an excellent balance there, between this stark positive and negative. The white on the left eye and the black surrounding the right eye, and just this really fine, again, pattern that you create to surround both. There’s a lot of tension there that makes the piece very provocative.”