Monday, October 27, 2014

"Ammonite (Forebear's Ascent)"

Woodcut, 11.5" x 12" (image) 15" x 17" (paper), four layer reduction, oil based ink on white Stonehenge paper, limited edition of 2.

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”    

― Edward Whymper

1 comment:

  1. The teasing golden mean hiding within the shell's legend saunters and slips towards the edge of the page, giving it a life that is more than textural and seems to call to the origin of the create who once gave it form and structure. The layers of color are both seemingly organic and fragile and yet reflectively shine metallic and the back drop seems to hint at the opening of a curtain as if the creature is moving on or off stage to be seen. A subtle hint of an owl-like presence seems to peer out hinting at both wisdom and transformation and then calls us back into the water and the nature of reflection.