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Galveston Fig Tree Seasons

Winter

Spring
Winter Fig Tree
2002-present
Woodcut on mulberry paper
Oil painting on molded paper woodcut (color)
23½" x 33½"
edition: 20.
Spring Fig Tree
2002-present
Woodcut on mulberry paper
Oil painting on molded paper woodcut (color)
23½" x 33½"
edition: 20.


Summer

Autumn
Summer Fig Tree
2002-present
Woodcut on mulberry paper
Oil painting on molded paper woodcut (color)
23½" x 33½"
edition: 20.
Autumn Fig Tree
2002-present
Woodcut on mulberry paper
Oil painting on molded paper woodcut (color)
23½" x 33½"
edition: 20.
"I began drawing my backyard fig tree in 2001 after the World Trade Center attack. Each season I put the easel in the same place and drew directly on the cherrywood blocks. After the four were drawn, I spent the next year cutting the blocks during the corresponding season. These blocks have been proofed on mulberry paper and have also been printed on molded handmade paper.

I’ve now spent a year painting the proofs from the corresponding seasonal changes of my tree. And have gone into a litho studio to work on litho color plates to proof the suite in color.

Who cares? I’m only explaining because the need/idea was to work on a cycle of death/rebirth from something I know well – my backyard fig tree. I wanted to work with a hammer and chisel against the resistance of the hard cherry wood. I wanted a crisp, hard edge graphic black white look for the print suite. I wanted them to all be related – so the woodblocks are all the same size and the image is the same position of branches, just changes in leaves/fruit.

I cut the blocks knowing I’d be printing the suite on flat mulberry paper as one set of prints. I’d also be printing the suite on molded handmade cotton/abaca paper so the woodcut marks will print like intaglio – the handmade paper will fill the cuts and print as embossed white paper. The negative/positive spaces and black line and white line cutting are important."

Eric Avery

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