Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Madre" by Virginia Maluk Manzano

Today I received prints from Baren Forum Exchange #73. There were several stunning woodcuts, but this portrait particularly struck me. The overall impression seemed both naturalistic and complex in its structure, but the more I examine the details, the more I appreciate both an economy of line and a strangeness of how the planes of the face are put together. There is something exquisitely otherworldly about the twist above the nose and the way the cheeks and mouth are described. This not merely the illustration of an aging face. It is something more cryptic.

More of Virginia Maluk Manzano's artwork can be found at her website here.

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