Patricia Phare-Camp Citrus Heights, California USA

'Strange Fruit'

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Patricia B. Phare-Camp (Citrus Heights, CA, USA)
“Strange Fruit”

Block: Linoleum
Ink: Relief: Violet is Daniel Smith Oil based, Black is Graphic Chemical Water Based
Paper: Fabriano Roma; Dark Blue  and a yellow/orange mulberry with red thread inclusions
Edition: 38

This is a mixed media relief print using the techniques of chine colle and linoleum cut.  It was printed using the Dick Blick etching press I inherited from Carol Wagner, Baren's own "Sacramento Carol."
The imagery was inspired by Billie Holiday and the view from my son's front porch in Tennessee.  When I first saw that dead tree I thought "I need to draw that."  Then over next few evenings I watched a waxing moon rise over that same treeline till just as I signed up for this exchange it was full and a mellow orange color.  Later as I was working out the details my master's thesis adviser asked if a skeleton would be hanging from the tree; I'd just been listening to Billie Holiday recordings and immediately thought "Strange Fruit."