This body of work is a response to the enormous changes and turmoil experienced in 2020 and onward. The tragedies of the Covid-19 pandemic, isolation of quarantine, killing of black Americans and racial injustice, protests, environmental disasters, the presidential election and political divisions have been overwhelming and painful. But there have also been experiences of joy, simplicity, beauty, and gratitude. This series of woodcuts is meant to represent this conflict and contradiction by evoking chaos and control, indecision and precision, remote and intimate, useless and functional, simple and complex.
The process of creating these one-of-a-kind woodcut prints embraces chance, distance and delay. Thread and string were randomly tossed, thrown and entangled. The results were photographed, edited and cut into the wood remotely using a CNC router. Blocks are inked by hand with carefully selected colors and hand-printed on Kitakata or Thai Kozo paper by rubbing the back with a baren and wooden spoon to create multiple variations.