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Sacramento, California USA
Last Bite is one image in a series about the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. For me, it is an ominous interpretation about a nearly destroyed ecosystem. The print exhibits organisms in various states of mutation, all vying for the last morsel of food. As the background darkens, the creatures in the deep water take on a prehistoric look and seem less effected.
In the upper left corner of the image, a headless figure walks a tight rope and below that, a winged being has his arm on a lever as he faces a child who is backed up against the leg of one of the major mutant figures. It’s my hope that people who see the work find ample space for their individual interpretation and that the piece invites you back to linger for awhile longer.
Last Bite is a woodcut printed with Gamblin oil based ink on Okawara kozo paper. My process begins by making a drawing directly onto the block. I then carve away the areas that are to remain the paper color, leaving the higher areas in relief to accept the ink color. The block and paper were printed using an etching press.
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