Maria Arango Las Vegas, Nevada USA
'Me in a Tree'
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Name: Maria Arango
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Print Title: Me in a tree...
Paper Dimension: 15 x 6.6 inches
Image Dimension: 14 x 5.5 inches
Block: Six cherry blocks
Ink: Akua and raw pigments
Paper: New Hosho
I enjoyed the process this time much more than my previous attempts at moku-hanga. A few hundred more and I might know what I'm doing. Among the many advantages of this process I found the transparencies of the colors to be quite intriguing this time and rather "got into" achieving some variations on color with the addition of another super-imposed color. I have to say it was fun!
Image: When I was a child I was fairly energetic and a bit of a loner. Children can be cruel, teasing and talking about each other in child-like hurtful ways and seemingly enjoying their exclusive silly cliques. During recess, I used to climb trees instead; up fairly high for a small girl and I remember feeling quite at home easily gliding from branch to branch.
The rhythm of printing with a baren brought about this poem:
"Me in a tree,
no one looks up,
no one can find me,
and laugh at me."